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Updated April 1, 2019
Betsy DeVos joins Tennessee governor in full-court press for expanded school choice
While U.S. education chief Betsy DeVos isn't convincing members of Congress to expand education choices for families, she found a more receptive audience in Tennessee.
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.
a plan emerges
January 28, 2019
New York City officials aim to eliminate childhood lead exposure by 2029
De Blasio’s plan does not, though, include any specific education-related steps for children dealing with the lasting effects of lead exposure in school.
June 6, 2018
Detroit district tests drinking water after lead or copper discovered in 6 schools
Water will be tested for lead and other toxins in 106 Detroit district schoools
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
scrambling for students
September 15, 2017
Lagging enrollment fuels Tennessee charter schools’ push for student contact data
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that 22 schools in the state’s 32-school Achievement School District have lost enrollment from last year.
September 14, 2017
Tennessee’s attorney general sides with charter schools in battle over student information
Citing the new legal opinion, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen orders district leaders in Memphis and Nashville to comply.
March 15, 2017
Nashville high school students stage walkout to protest Trump’s visit
About 100 students at a Nashville charter school organize a walkout less than two miles from the hall where the president is scheduled to speak later in the day.
Politics & Policy
March 10, 2016
Tennessee’s state-run school turnaround district poised to escape lawmakers’ intervention — again
Only two of seven bills related to the state-run Achievement School District appear to still be in play in this year's legislative session. Both are watered down.
Politics & Policy
November 2, 2015
Four years later, Tennessee’s first-ever charter ‘turnaround school’ celebrates gains
Nashville's Cameron College Prep is being heralded as a "success story" by LEAD Public Schools, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Mayor Megan Barry.
August 17, 2015
Despite significant TCAP gains, Nashville middle school starts charter conversion as part of state’s turnaround process
Teachers and community members reflect on whether Neely's Bend Middle Prep School would have achieved its high growth without state intervention looming.
August 7, 2015
Achievement School District announces KIPP, Knowledge Academies to open Nashville schools
Completing its latest round of authorizations, the state-run school turnaround district approves two new operators in Nashville but none in Memphis.
December 3, 2014
Days leading up to ASD decision in Nashville filled with meetings, concern
After a tumultuous experience this fall in Memphis, the Achievement School District is using a different strategy to choose which school it will take over in Nashville.
September 26, 2014
Five things to know about the ASD’s expansion in Nashville
There has been a lot of chatter about the fate of low-performing schools in Nashville, and the Achievement School District’s potential involvement in turning those schools around.
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