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Knox County Schools
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
March 4, 2019
Four months into Memphis superintendent search, here’s a look at recent searches in Tennessee
The average length of recent superintendent searches for Tennessee’s largest districts was about 14 months.
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
November 16, 2017
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville just won the Oscar awards of education
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville receive a prestigious national teaching award, $25,000 checks, and a visit from the state’s education chief.
April 3, 2017
Principals matter — and Tennessee wants to do a better job of equipping them
The State Department of Education launches an initiative to cultivate aspiring leaders who want to become principals, as well as to support existing principals.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
April 20, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools stand a year before the state’s next priority list
Here's the so-called "cusp" list from the State Department of Education, along with five things to know before viewing it.
Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
Turnover at the top
February 3, 2016
Three of Tennessee’s four largest school districts in the hunt for superintendent
Rick Smith's sudden departure from Hamilton County means three of Tennessee's highest-profile urban districts have a leadership void.
January 21, 2016
Why asking to keep TNReady data out of teacher evaluations might be moot
School boards are asking that the state discount growth scores this year — but the state says that's unnecessary.
June 2, 2015
Rise & Shine: State education officials apologize over TCAP flap
August 19, 2014
Where are this year’s priority schools?
To see where priority schools are located in Tennessee and where the lowest-performing schools in Memphis are concentrated, check out our map.
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