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August 13, 2018
McQueen calls superintendents’ request to pause state testing ‘illegal and inconsistent with our values’
“Pausing a state assessment would be both illegal and inconsistent with our values as a state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to the Nashville and Memphis leaders.
August 10, 2018
How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study
To develop teachers, principals needing coaching too, says a new study by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research.
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
August 6, 2018
Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing
The superintendents of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely.
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.
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.
August 29, 2017
Tennessee’s two largest districts defy state order to share student info with charters
Elected school officials in Memphis and Nashville go on the record against a state order from Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
February 27, 2017
This Tennessee teacher spoke at a rally in support of trans students. Here’s what he wants lawmakers to know.
Tennesseans protest at the state Capitol in response to the Trump administration's decision to pull guidance on which bathrooms transgender students can use.
January 31, 2017
As Trump seeks to keep some immigrants and refugees out, Nashville’s school community declares all are welcome
Superintendent Shawn Joseph, administrators and teachers double down on efforts to make immigrant and refugee students feel safe at school.
January 20, 2017
School chiefs in Memphis, Nashville join education leaders urging protection of ‘Dreamers’ under Trump
The heads of Tennessee’s two largest districts are among 1,500 education leaders to sign a petition asking for continued protection from deportation for “Dreamers."
July 25, 2016
New Nashville teacher cooperative chips away at public, private partition
A new teacher cooperative hosted by the University School of Nashville brings together teachers from Nashville's public and private schools.
change at the top
May 13, 2016
To steer local schools, Nashville taps a diverse Maryland district’s second in command
The deputy head of Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools will inherit a district struggling to keep pace with its increasingly diverse student population.
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