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Tennessee Department of Education
July 11, 2019
Tennessee governor promises ‘funding will be there’ for early voucher start
The legislature approved $770,000 for startup expenses this year while setting a two-year deadline to enroll students in the program.
July 11, 2019
Schwinn taps deputy with voucher experience to build Tennessee’s program
Amity Schuyler, who became deputy commissioner of Tennessee’s education department in May, is named project manager.
July 10, 2019
Tennessee’s governor wants education voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline
The controversial new program could begin in the fall of 2020 instead of 2021.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
June 28, 2019
Tennessee signs two-year, $40 million testing contract with Pearson
Negotiations complete, both parties sign off on a deal that makes Pearson the state's third TNReady vendor in five years.
June 27, 2019
As state Supreme Court declines to hear case, Memphis shares student contact information with charter schools while Nashville seeks options
The decision affects Memphis, where school leaders also defied the state's order to hand over student data.
Read my lips
June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 6, 2019
Pearson bid $20.1 million to take over TNReady testing next year, documents show
British testing company Pearson submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than the proposal by Questar, the state's current vendor.
Updated May 30, 2019
Tennessee chooses testing giant Pearson to take over TNReady
London-based testing company Pearson will take over Tennessee’s student testing program beginning next school year.
May 30, 2019
Tennessee’s rural schools overlooked amid urban focus, says equity group
Rural Tennessee faces big challenges in providing an equitable education to a third of the state’s students, says a new report.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
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