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Marta W. Aldrich

Senior Statehouse Correspondent, Tennessee

Marta W. Aldrich is Chalkbeat Tennessee’s Senior Statehouse Correspondent. A newswoman for The Associated Press for most of her career, Marta has covered state government, politics, business, education and other Tennessee news. She has served as news editor of United Methodist News Service and features editor of American Profile magazine. Her freelance work has been published by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and Dow Jones News Service, among others. Marta is a graduate of Memphis City Schools and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Commissioner Laurie Cardoza-Moore says some books should be pulled from shelves statewide
Treating and paying teachers better, supporting student mental health, reinforcing reading would help
Though he offered few specifics, Lee said he plans to build on his education agenda of the last four years
Grim results come in spite of early pandemic investments in tutoring and summer learning
Candidates hold widely divergent views on charter schools, vouchers, book bans, and third-grade retention
Written feedback runs counter to public comments delivered in person
Laurie Cardoza-Moore’s term extension comes as the commission’s work expands.
Some balk over state guidance suggesting that they catalog their classroom collections
‘I’m ready to share our stories,’ says Melissa Collins, the state’s new chief education ambassador
Schwinn cites uneven participation rates of students taking state TCAP tests
College president’s mockery of teacher training won’t necessarily dash hopes to bring charters to the state
Local governments in Nashville and Memphis failed to show that an injunction was warranted, the judges ruled
Speedy voucher rollout draws hopeful families, more legal challenges
Lee meets with private school leaders, while his education chief acknowledges the timeline is ‘challenging’
Gov. Bill Lee said the state will work “starting today” toward enrolling students.
Some candidates worry that national culture wars will overshadow local education issues
Lee says comments were taken out of context, but teacher groups say governor should have repudiated insults