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May 16, 2017
With a major but little-noticed move, New York City signals that learning starts at birth
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans last month to extend pre-K to 3-year-olds, a massive expansion of his popular Pre-K for All program.
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
March 24, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers vote to leave pre-K alone this year
State lawmakers turn back a bill that would have allowed some districts to spend their state pre-K money elsewhere.
February 27, 2017
Tennessee’s pre-K wasn’t working, a 2015 study found. Now the state is putting new focus on teaching.
Catalyzed by a landmark study showing its public prekindergarten programs are ineffective, the Tennessee Department of Education is overhauling its program.
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
February 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
November 16, 2016
North Carolina just countered Tennessee’s findings on pre-K fadeout. Here’s the difference, according to researchers.
A year after a Vanderbilt study revealed weaknesses in public pre-K, a North Carolina study suggests public pre-K can work, at a cost.
October 26, 2016
Spending more on pre-K doesn’t guarantee success, say Vanderbilt researchers
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using Tennessee as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation to pause before expanding pre-kindergarten programs.
October 24, 2016
Applying to pre-K, kindergarten or gifted programs? Here’s where to learn more
This year marks the first time parents can learn about pre-K, kindergarten and gifted programs in a combined event.
October 14, 2016
In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues
A senior policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign channeled the Democratic presidential candidate at an intimate question-and-answer session on Thursday hosted by…
September 30, 2016
New York City promised free preschool to every family, so why do some students with disabilities struggle to find seats?
Across the city, parents of preschoolers with special needs have struggled to find services the education department is required to provide.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
September 9, 2016
New York City’s universal pre-K program wants to teach parents, too
New York City -- which has already been lauded for its focus on teacher training and quality in pre-K -- is turning its sights to the home.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
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.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
December 22, 2015
Top 10 stories defining Tennessee education in 2015
From Race to the Top to pre-kindergarten to teacher pay, education was a hot topic in Tennessee.
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
August 20, 2015
Tennessee rolls out sweeping literacy initiatives amid stagnant reading scores
Calling Tennessee's stagnant literacy rates a "true ethical and moral dilemma," Candice McQueen discusses her first major initiative as education commissioner.
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