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charter law 2.0
1 day ago
Sweeping charter school bill passes Tennessee legislature
The state Senate sends Gov. Bill Haslam a bill to replace Tennessee's 2002 charter school law.
2 days ago
Tennessee has a $2 billion surplus. Here’s a new idea to invest more in schools.
About $250 million of this year’s surplus would go to create a new public education fund under a proposal by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and Sen. Jeff Yarbro.
April 18, 2017
‘I think you will do well,’ says governor to Tennessee students preparing for TNReady
Tennessee's youngest students who began testing this week receive a pep talk from Haslam and a No. 2 pencil courtesy of SCORE.
January 30, 2017
Haslam proposes 5 percent boost for K-12 education in Tennessee
In addition to proposing free community college for all Tennesseans, Haslam asks for almost $183 million more in K-12 education spending.
January 30, 2017
Here’s what one Tennessee teacher will be listening for in Haslam’s State of the State address
On Monday night, the governor will outline his administration's priorities for the upcoming year, including for education.
January 27, 2017
One in three Tennessee graduates shouldn’t have received high school diploma, state says
The finding comes out of the State Department of Education's first examination of high school graduation data.
beyond high school
January 26, 2017
Haslam: Tennessee must step up its role in guiding high school students to college and career
More Tennessee ninth-graders are graduating from high school in four years, but not enough are furthering their education to be ready for today's jobs, officials say.
And the winner is
January 11, 2017
Tennessee wins $2 million grant to boost career education
The funding will be distributed over three years with the goal of expanding career-focused education from middle school to beyond high school graduation.
January 5, 2017
Tennessee gets a C-minus for public education, and an F in school spending
Tennessee ranks 36th in public education and 46th in spending in Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report.
Movers and shakers
November 10, 2016
Former Teach For America leader appointed to State Board of Education
Elissa Kim will replace vice-chairwoman Carolyn Pearre, who represents Tennessee’s 5th congressional district in Middle Tennessee.
November 8, 2016
Haslam plans to seek teacher pay boost for third straight year
Tennessee's governor says he'll seek a substantial increase for teacher pay, although not as much as the state could afford with its considerable surplus.
on the rise
October 26, 2016
Tennessee No. 1 in nation in growth on national science exam
The state outpaces almost all others in gains on a science exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2009 and 2015.
October 5, 2016
Tennessee doesn’t pay for enough teachers to meet its class size mandates, says state report
The state comptroller reports that school districts employ about 12,700 more educators than the state funds.
Win a counselor
September 26, 2016
These 30 Tennessee schools are getting new college counselors, courtesy of the governor’s office
Gov. Haslam's new initiative pays for a counselor dedicated to the college process — a luxury at schools where guidance counselors juggle social work, scheduling, and test administration.
September 8, 2016
States often get sued over school funding. Here’s what makes Tennessee stand out.
When it comes to providing adequate funding to educate students based on today’s standards, Tennessee isn’t coming close, say national experts.
August 25, 2016
How much is $200 million championed by Haslam for teacher raises boosting paychecks? It depends.
Tennessee districts have vastly different resources, and choose to invest their state funding in different ways.
July 25, 2016
Deputy education commissioner to join Haslam’s senior policy team
Tennessee Deputy Education Commissioner Stephen Smith is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new senior adviser for policy and strategy.
July 22, 2016
State Board finalizes $200 million increase for Tennessee education
The State Board of Education finalizes $4.35 billion in funding allocations to K-12 districts for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of $200 million.
July 11, 2016
Tennessee affirms its school funding formula in response to lawsuit over Memphis schools
In its first response to a funding lawsuit filed last year by Shelby County Schools, the state denies that its funding model is to blame.
Drive to 55
May 19, 2016
Thirty high schools with low college-going rates will get extra counselors under state’s newest Drive to 55 initiative
The new counselors will go to schools where students attend college at a rate lower than the state average of 60 percent.
April 25, 2016
Overshadowed by TNReady, here’s what the legislature did on education this year
While a private tuition voucher bill fizzled and Gov. Haslam touted a K-12 funding increase as historic, problems with TNReady hovered over the Capitol like a cloud.
April 15, 2016
At long last, phase-out of Common Core is official in Tennessee
The State Board of Education signs off on new "homegrown" standards after 18 months of examination and revisions.
April 12, 2016
Parents to Tennessee’s governor: Stop Part II of TNReady testing
Nearly 2,000 parents sign a petition asking Gov. Bill Haslam and other state leaders to nix the entire second part of the state's new standardized assessment.
April 11, 2016
Education spending boost a slam dunk in Tennessee House, but impact on individual districts unclear
The House unanimously passes a bill to increase funding for K-12 public education by more than $220 million.
March 23, 2016
What you need to know about the governor’s school funding plan
Along with a proposed increase of $261 million for education next year, Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing revisions to the state's school funding formula.
March 15, 2016
Lawmakers: Increase education spending, but keep courts out of school funding debate
State legislators pass a bill to increase funding for public education next year, while also voting for a constitutional amendment to give judges control over schools.
March 1, 2016
Here’s how test scores could count in teacher evaluations for first year of TNReady
If the legislature approves the governor's proposal, student test scores still will make up to 50 percent of evaluation scores in one way or another.
February 24, 2016
Once seeking to scrap pre-K, Tennessee’s biggest pre-K critic votes to improve it
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville joins a legislative subcommittee to advance a bill that would fund more teacher training at the pre-K level.
February 19, 2016
Federal judge dismisses TEA lawsuit challenging TVAAS in teacher bonuses
The formula that Tennessee uses to rate teachers might be unfair — but it still can be used to decide whether they should get bonuses, a federal court has ruled.
February 17, 2016
Why can’t Tennessee students read? State officials have a hunch, and a plan
Frustrated by stagnant reading scores, Gov. Bill Haslam and his education commissioner launch a major initiative to help Tennessee students read better.
February 17, 2016
After testing debacle, Tennessee set to exclude student scores from teacher ratings
Gov. Bill Haslam announces the change during a legislative hearing about online testing snafus.
February 16, 2016
Her honeymoon over as Tennessee ed chief, McQueen enters second year under the cloud of TNReady and with a mission to combat illiteracy
Improving communication has been a hallmark of McQueen's first year; managing the TNReady testing fiasco and addressing stagnant reading scores may consume the next.
February 10, 2016
With its new lawyer, Shelby County Schools forges ahead with state funding lawsuit
An attorney with the law firm handling Shelby County Schools' funding lawsuit against the state is joining the district as its general counsel and chief legal officer.
February 1, 2016
Haslam proposes $261 million more for K-12 education
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes new investments in teacher pay, technology, reading programs and high-need student populations.
A Look at the Legacy
December 15, 2015
As Tennessee finishes its Race to the Top, teachers caught in the middle of competing changes
Teachers grapple with the competing threads in Race to the Top's legacy: higher-stakes tests and a push for richer instruction.
December 1, 2015
With state revenues rebounding, will Tennessee see more education spending?
When Candice McQueen makes her first state budget pitch, she'll offer a glimpse into how the state is responding to growing calls for change in the way it funds schools.
November 18, 2015
Deadline looms in Tennessee’s standards review process, with much work left
Tennessee nears the finish line of its intricate review of and revisions to the Common Core State Standards.
November 5, 2015
Haslam says the future of Common Core now rests with educators, not elected officials
At the second meeting of his Teachers Cabinet, Gov. Bill Haslam acknowledges that the fuss over reviewing the Common Core academic standards was political in its origins.
changing of the guard
November 3, 2015
Malika Anderson, top Achievement School District official with Tennessee roots, will replace Barbic
Malika Anderson, now the deputy superintendent, will become the state-run turnaround district's second leader at the end of 2015.
Nation's Report Card
October 28, 2015
Like Tennessee’s NAEP scores, leaders’ script stays the same
As state leaders stuck with a 2-year-old script heralding Tennessee as the “fastest improving state in the nation," the NAEP reveals that the state just held its ground.
Nation's Report Card
October 27, 2015
Two years after outsized gains, Tennessee’s scores on national exam are flat
In a year when a many states posted declines, Tennessee's scores on the National Education Assessment Program (NAEP) test stayed the same.
Behind the numbers
October 27, 2015
2015 NAEP results: What you need to know
In 2013, many state leaders offered quick explanations behind Tennessee's NAEP gains. But experts warn that interpreting the results isn't that simple.
October 20, 2015
Educators, not politicians, take the reins in developing Tennessee’s new academic standards
While the initial call for new standards came largely from politicians seeking to repeal the Common Core, the resulting process to produce them is being led by educators.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
September 28, 2015
Landmark Tennessee study contradicts conventional wisdom about the power of pre-K
Although a Vanderbilt study suggests that Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program may negatively impact students by third grade, researchers caution against scrapping it.
September 2, 2015
Hamilton County argues all Tennessee districts should be part of school funding lawsuit
The boards for seven school systems in southeast Tennessee ask a judge for class-action status in their funding lawsuit against the state.
August 5, 2015
Standards review committee or repeal Common Core committee? Tennessee leaders are split
Gov. Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announce their appointees with messages that speak to the continued fracture around the Common Core State Standards.
from the top
July 17, 2015
Education officials: Tennessee’s weakest schools improved during Barbic’s tenure
Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen praise outgoing Achievement School District Superintendent Chris Barbic.
July 16, 2015
Tennessee teachers school Haslam on testing, evaluations during first Teachers Cabinet meeting
Gov. Bill Haslam convenes the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers on everything from professional development to evaluations to student testing.
July 15, 2015
Is Tennessee’s school funding system broken? Local officials increasingly say ‘yes’
Local government leaders say they're picking up too much slack for the state when it comes to funding the true cost of education in Tennessee.
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