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Tennessee’s governor says he wants to help low-income students in failing schools. But his voucher and charter plans cast a much wider net.
Critics say his signature proposals could end up benefiting middle-class families and changing the landscape of school systems that are doing just fine.
March 19, 2019
Charter school bill won’t bypass local school boards after all, says legislative leader
Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is backing off of its proposal to bypass local school boards with a new state charter authorizing commission.
Updated March 19, 2019
Voucher bill clears first hurdle in Tennessee’s legislature
Legislation that would create a new type of voucher program advances out of a House education subcommittee.
March 5, 2019
Some low-performing charter schools would be spared from closure under Tennessee bill
The bill allows school boards to put low-performing charter schools on an improvement plan instead of closing them.
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Updated February 20, 2019
Tennessee’s ‘parent dress code’ bill clears first legislative hurdle
Every Tennessee school district would have to develop a code of conduct for parents and other school visitors under a bill that narrowly advances.
Updated February 7, 2019
Lee says ‘parent choice’ education initiative coming soon in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Lee hinted that he soon will introduce a legislative initiative to give parents more education options for their children.
January 25, 2019
Pre-K money could be diverted to other needs under Tennessee lawmaker’s bill
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
January 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
January 10, 2019
Meet the Tennessee lawmakers who will shape education legislation this year
Thirty-two legislators will serve as the gatekeepers for hundreds of bills dealing with public education over the next two years.
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.
April 18, 2018
‘I do not plan to resign,’ McQueen tells lawmakers over latest testing missteps in Tennessee
Facing mounting pressure, the state's education commissioner vows to power through testing season and make adjustments as needed.
March 13, 2018
In-state tuition bill for Tennessee’s undocumented immigrants clears first legislative hurdle
The bill would provide in-state tuition to any student who attends a Tennessee high school for at least three years, regardless of their immigration status.
August 17, 2017
Tennessee wants to boost third-grade literacy. Here’s why it’s looking to early childhood education as the answer.
Tennessee has been waging war on illiteracy for years but is increasingly zeroing in on early childhood ed as the best platform for boosting children’s reading skills.
April 11, 2017
Tennessee House committee denies in-state tuition to 13,000 immigrant students
One again, the bill dies by a single vote in front of a packed audience that included students who would have benefitted from more affordable tuition.
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