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August 29, 2019
Nearly 100 Tennessee schools found high lead levels in their water. Is your school on the list?
The first big wave of results are in under a new state law requiring water testing in schools constructed before 1998.
Updated August 23, 2019
Tennessee replaces its voucher-friendly House speaker with a voucher opponent
Rep. Cameron Sexton, a Republican from Crossville, is overwhelmingly elected as the chamber's top leader.
July 30, 2019
Tennessee will wait another year to grade its schools A-F
The delay gives another reprieve for low-performing schools in the state’s bottom 5 percent, most of which are in Memphis and Nashville.
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 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
ready set go
June 27, 2019
From civics to vaping, here are 10 education laws taking effect July 1 in Tennessee
Students will have to pass a U.S. civics test to earn their high school diploma under dozens of laws taking effect with the new school year.
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.
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.
Updated May 24, 2019
Tennessee governor signs controversial education voucher bill into law
Gov. Bill Lee quietly signed his education savings account plan into law on Friday despite calls from Democrats to hold off.
Updated May 22, 2019
Tennessee texting scandal broke too late to derail education voucher legislation
The scandal involving House Speaker Glen Casada emerged after the Republican leader already had helped to pass the controversial voucher bill.
May 10, 2019
Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe
Education voucher legislation on the verge of becoming law is facing renewed opposition amid reports of an FBI investigation.
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.
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