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2 days ago
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.
Updated March 20, 2019
Tennessee charter school bill advances in two key legislative committees
A proposal to create a new Tennessee charter school commission squeaks out of the House Education Committee.
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.
March 14, 2019
Tennessee governor reveals details about his ‘parent choice’ proposal, which could take money from public schools
Gov. Bill Lee reveals long-awaited details about his plan to give Tennessee parents more education choices for their children, beginning in the fall of 2021.
February 28, 2019
Few students with disabilities use Tennessee voucher program, now in its second full year
Only 137 out of 42,000 eligible students are using the state's Individualized Education Account program.
February 15, 2019
Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators
The state's 40 teacher prep programs maintain or improve their scores on a new report card.
February 11, 2019
In last effort to stay open, Gateway University appeals to Tennessee board
State board staff will make a recommendation after a hearing, and members will then vote to uphold or overturn the decision to close the 150-student high school.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
city university appeal
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.
December 17, 2018
City University Boys charter school appeals to Tennessee board to stay open
A small middle school for boys has appealed the decision of Shelby County Schools not to renew its 10-year charter. City University Schools filed…
November 27, 2018
Gov.-elect Lee names Tennessee voucher advocate as his policy director
Tony Niknejad previously was director of Tennessee's chapter of the American Federation for Children.
November 6, 2018
Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.
Now that he's elected, Lee must transition to a new administration and work with a public school system serving a million students.
October 22, 2018
Tennessee students to test the test under reworked computer platform
This week's simulation is designed to make sure that technical problems don't happen again under testing company Questar.
October 19, 2018
Tennessee sides with Memphis and Nashville boards in rejecting four new charter schools
The State Board of Education denies the appeals of four groups seeking to open schools in 2019.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
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