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February 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new education chief wants to ‘listen and learn’ with school visits
Penny Schwinn visited Tennessee classrooms on her first day on the job and pledged to make that a habit.
Politics & Policy
February 1, 2019
Six things to know about Penny Schwinn, Tennessee’s new education commissioner
Penny Schwinn starts her new job on Monday, where she will oversee K-12 policy for Gov. Bill Lee.
Updated January 17, 2019
Lee picks Texas academic chief Penny Schwinn as Tennessee’s next education commissioner
The choice is one of the last and most important cabinet picks for governor-elect Bill Lee, who made education a top priority on the campaign trail.
The right stuff
November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
November 15, 2018
Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit
Tennessee’s top education chief is leaving state government. Candice McQueen will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in January.
the portfolio push
Updated August 21, 2018
With big names and $200 million, a new group is forming to push for the ‘portfolio model’
Several big names in education reform are teaming up.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
not so fast
April 23, 2018
Why Tennessee legislators share blame, too, for TNReady testing headaches
In 2014, the legislature voted to pull out abruptly from a multi-state testing partnership, which set the stage for TNReady.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
December 20, 2017
Here’s why people are talking about Tennessee, a ‘bright green rectangle’ on a new U.S. map of student growth
The Volunteer State has never turned heads when it comes to student proficiency, but it’s now raising eyebrows on student growth.
August 17, 2017
Tennessee’s former ed chief: Betsy DeVos must resign; Trump’s comments have undercut her moral authority
Kevin Huffman says President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville undercut DeVos's ability to work on behalf of public school students, many of whom are of color.
February 16, 2016
Her honeymoon over as Tennessee ed chief, McQueen enters second year under the cloud of TNReady and with a mission to combat illiteracy
Improving communication has been a hallmark of McQueen's first year; managing the TNReady testing fiasco and addressing stagnant reading scores may consume the next.
A Look at the Legacy
December 15, 2015
As Tennessee finishes its Race to the Top, teachers caught in the middle of competing changes
Teachers grapple with the competing threads in Race to the Top's legacy: higher-stakes tests and a push for richer instruction.
Nation's Report Card
October 28, 2015
Like Tennessee’s NAEP scores, leaders’ script stays the same
As state leaders stuck with a 2-year-old script heralding Tennessee as the “fastest improving state in the nation," the NAEP reveals that the state just held its ground.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
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