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January 18, 2018
The ‘V’ word: Why school choice advocates avoid the term ‘vouchers’
Voters said they narrowly opposed school vouchers, 47 to 49 percent, even though similar approaches won much more support.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
January 8, 2018
Vouchers have dominated Tennessee’s ed debate for years, but won’t in 2018. Here’s why — and what could come next.
Here are four explanations behind the dramatic shift — and a look at why the climate could change again next year.
December 22, 2017
A bill that would have piloted vouchers in Memphis dies before the session starts
Rep. Harry Brooks, the Knoxville Republican who sponsored the voucher bill, says he won’t advance it in the House.
2017 in review
December 22, 2017
What we’ve learned: 5 lessons from education research to take into 2018
Researchers have worked through 2017 to separate fact from fiction.
Looking back and ahead
December 21, 2017
Here are six big things that happened in Tennessee in 2017 that will resonate in 2018
From TNReady snafus to pre-K investments, Tennessee faced education challenges and opportunities in 2017 that are sure to make headlines again during the new year.
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
choice for most
December 15, 2017
14 percent of U.S. schools accepting vouchers have anti-LGBT policies, according to new investigation
The story’s analysis and conclusions map closely to those of an investigation we published this summer into how Indiana schools that accept vouchers treat LGBT students.
over and out
December 4, 2017
Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program
The board also voted to direct the school district to end a long-running legal defense of the program.
November 29, 2017
Betsy DeVos tours school during her first Tennessee visit as education chief
The secretary praised career-technical education at a traditional public school, but also put in a good word for vouchers in a state that has consistently eschewed them.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
November 15, 2017
Trump education nominee pleads ignorance about high-profile voucher studies showing negative results
The nominee to be second-in-command at the Department of Education, said he was not aware of high-profile studies showing that school vouchers can hurt student achievement.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
Updated November 8, 2017
Anti-voucher slate in Douglas County cruises to victory
One of the Douglas County school board's major reforms on the line is a private-school voucher program.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 26, 2017
Douglas County’s politically charged, voucher-driven school board election explained
The easy answer to the complicated question in Douglas County is private school vouchers.
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