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Sara Heyburn Morrison
April 2, 2019
State board votes to close Gateway University after confirming it falsified classes, hired uncertified teachers
The Memphis charter school will close a year after a Chalkbeat investigation into the school found the administration falsified grades, improperly employed uncertified teachers, and awarded credits for a geometry class that did not exist.
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February 5, 2019
State board sides with Memphis district in closing City University Boys school
If the state board votes at its Friday meeting to approve the recommendation, the 88-student charter school will officially close this May.
April 9, 2018
Concerned about over-testing, Tennessee will eliminate two high school exams
Dropping the two end-of-course tests represents Tennessee's most significant reduction of state-mandated testing in recent years.
April 6, 2018
The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?
Tennessee has been among the nation's fastest-improving states on student achievement based on the national test.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
October 20, 2017
Siding with local district, Tennessee State Board denies two Memphis charter appeals
On Friday, the Tennessee State Board of Education unanimously rejected the appeals of two charters that sought to open all-girls schools in Memphis next fall.
August 15, 2017
Tennessee cuts ribbon on its first charter school under State Board of Education
The opening of Green Dot's Bluff City High School marks a major shift in how the charter sector can grow in the state.
July 26, 2017
Fifth-graders will study more Tennessee history to comply with a new state law
The State Board of Education announces how it plans to accommodate the mandate via final revisions to Tennessee's new social studies standards.
January 25, 2017
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is about to become one of only two state boards in the nation to double as a local school district.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
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