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Pro-voucher groups want clarity on private school background checks for new Tennessee program
Three pro-voucher groups express concern about a proposed rule regarding background checks for employees at private schools accepting taxpayer money.
September 25, 2019
Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a K-12 education plan. Here’s what her record on schools tells us.
On hot-button K-12 education issues that have divided Democrats, like charters and testing, Elizabeth Warren has offered a little something for everyone.
Rules & Regs
Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
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 19, 2019
Memphis schools chief looking for new ideas because ‘what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working’
Chalkbeat sat down with Superintendent Joris Ray this week to discuss an initiative on black boys and how he hopes to get more students reading on grade level.
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 10, 2019
Memphis advocacy organization Campaign for School Equity closing after three years
Campaign for School Equity spun off from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a now-defunct national nonprofit, in 2016.
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.
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.
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