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September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
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.
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.
Updated February 7, 2019
Lee says ‘parent choice’ education initiative coming soon in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Lee hinted that he soon will introduce a legislative initiative to give parents more education options for their children.
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November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
October 24, 2018
Tennessee has big gaps in school technology access, but no extra money. Here’s Haslam’s plan.
Gov. Bill Haslam unveils a program to help school districts access and purchase computers, laptops, and other devices.
September 10, 2018
Murfreesboro director named Tennessee superintendent of the year
Linda Gilbert will represent the state at a national competition in 2019.
September 11, 2017
Maryville leader named Tennessee’s Superintendent of the Year
Mike Winstead of Maryville City Schools will now represent the state in the national superintendents competition.
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May 10, 2017
Tennessee superintendents group names new executive director
The head of Hamblen County Schools is tapped to lead Tennessee’s professional superintendents organization.
April 5, 2017
Effort to roll back A-F grading plan dies in Tennessee legislature
Tennessee will move ahead with its plan to give schools a single letter grade after lawmakers shot down an effort on Wednesday to roll back the requirement.
Leadership & Management
March 20, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers want to roll back A-F school grades before they’ve been given
Just a year after deciding that every school should get a single letter grade, Tennessee lawmakers are poised to take it back.
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February 16, 2017
McQueen defends graduation statistic, acknowledges missteps in communication
Tennessee's education commissioner reports now that 22 percent of graduates, not 33 percent as originally thought, did not meet state requirements.
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