Marta W. Aldrich

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.

Legislation easily clears first legislative hurdle, with two votes set for March 6.

A state lawmaker is giving the Memphis-Shelby County school board time to devise an improvement plan before pursuing legislation to empower Gov. Bill Lee to appoint up to six new members to the locally elected body.

In addition to school choice, GOP plan seeks changes to public school testing, teacher evaluations

The 2021 law that vexed third grade families last year offers fewer promotion pathways this year

Nine applicants met the state’s deadline for proposals to open a charter school in 2025

Rep. Mark White cites prolonged frustration with the board’s locally elected leadership