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TN pre-K at a crossroads
After the shocking findings of a 2015 Vanderbilt study called into question the long-touted benefits of public pre-K, what does high-quality pre-K look like, and how can TN scale up?
August 2, 2019
Pre-K benefits faded in Tennessee — but not for the reasons you think, says new study
A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program.
June 24, 2019
Funding approval will save 1,000 pre-K seats in Memphis
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
October 18, 2017
How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught
About 500 Memphis teachers will go through Porter-Leath’s training this year in an effort to boost the quality of early education instruction.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
May 31, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee awards pre-K funding based on quality, not quantity
The awards will go to nearly 95 percent of Tennessee's 146 districts to serve at-risk 4-year-olds.
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.
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.
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