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12 hours ago
Clock running out in New York legislature for SHSAT bill, even as sponsor looks to future
Legislators made last-minute efforts to rally behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to scrap the entrance exam at the city’s specialized high schools.
1 day ago
Tennessee education group SCORE will expand focus beyond K-12
The influential public education advocacy organization joins forces with another nonprofit group in Tennessee.
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.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
easing the shortage
June 7, 2019
‘A good start’: There could be some changes coming for Illinois teachers
Seeking to ease a dire teacher shortage, Illinois legislators did away with an entry test, enabled payment to student teachers and allowed retirees to substitute longer.
June 6, 2019
Nearly 40 Chicago schools, including charters, to get building boost from state capital plan
The capital bill lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to K-12 schools and another $111 million for early education facilities.
June 6, 2019
Pearson bid $20.1 million to take over TNReady testing next year, documents show
British testing company Pearson submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than the proposal by Questar, the state's current vendor.
June 5, 2019
Indiana officials spar over extra funding for takeover schools
Three Indianapolis schools are managed by Charter Schools USA, a for-profit charter network based in Florida.
May 31, 2019
Tennessee bumps base teacher pay up to $36,000
The Tennessee State Board of Education approved a $1,000 increase for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no teaching experience.
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.
May 28, 2019
The governor appointed a commission to study teacher pay. So far, they’ve met behind closed doors
Gov. Holcomb's Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission has met privately at least six times, prompting further concerns that educators are being shut out of talks.
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 23, 2019
Colorado changed its laws around sex ed. Here’s what you need to know.
Colorado law will now require students who receive sexual education to learn about consent in school, as well as "safe haven" laws.
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.
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