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.

A proposal to take vouchers statewide is also on the table, but unlikely to get a vote this year.
The measure would widen reading test criteria for retention but keep the state in control of those decisions.
House Education Committee Chairman Mark White wants the state to consider more than TCAP test results
From students with disabilities to schools serving disadvantaged students, ‘there’s just a lot of uncertainty’
Sponsors want recently launched pilot program to add Hamilton County Schools
Schwinn says salary leap would be ‘game changer’ to recruit and retain educators
Summer camps and tutoring are popular, but holding students back because of a test score is not
Third grade retention policy, private school vouchers, and a teacher shortage are among the priorities
Democrats say it’s bad policy to expand a ‘pilot’ program that just launched
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