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April 11, 2019
Tennessee lawmaker pulls his bill to arm teachers — for now
Rep. Ryan Williams says he may resurrect the controversial idea next year.
Updated April 4, 2019
Bill to arm Tennessee teachers advances over objections of law enforcement, educators
A proposal that would let teachers carry concealed guns in Tennessee schools advances in the legislature.
February 21, 2019
School security could get $30 million boost in Tennessee under governor’s proposal
Gov. Bill Lee announces a $40 million school security initiative that would prioritize hiring more officers to keep students and teachers safe.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
January 3, 2019
Haslam’s last-ditch effort to kill school funding lawsuit falls short in Tennessee
A state appellate court declines to consider an appeal in 3-year-old case scheduled to go to trial this spring.
January 2, 2019
Here are the education issues we’re watching in Tennessee’s statehouse in 2019
With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse.
December 19, 2018
Haslam names deputy commissioner Lyle Ailshie as Tennessee’s interim ed chief
Ailshie will lead the education department beginning Jan. 2 and continue until Gov.-elect Bill Lee names a successor for Candice McQueen.
December 17, 2018
McQueen ends her Tennessee tenure the same way she started — focused on reading
In her swan song tour of the state, the outgoing education commissioner offers both encouragement and strong talk about Tennessee's illiteracy problem.
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December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
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November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
November 15, 2018
McQueen: Working with Haslam on education was ‘a perfect match’ — and it’s time to move on
In an interview, the commissioner talks about why she took the state's top ed job in 2015 — and why she's leaving now.
November 15, 2018
Tennesseans reflect on Candice McQueen’s legacy leading the state’s schools
As Candice McQueen prepares to leave her role as chief of Tennessee schools in January, education leaders, advocates, and parents are weighing in on her legacy.
November 15, 2018
Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit
Tennessee’s top education chief is leaving state government. Candice McQueen will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in January.
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