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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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
DIGGING INTO SCORES
August 22, 2018
It’s been six years since Tennessee took over its first low-performing schools. How are they doing?
Of the six schools in the original state-run Achievement School District, four had fewer than 10 percent of students tested at grade level in math or English during the 2017-2018 academic year.
August 13, 2018
McQueen calls superintendents’ request to pause state testing ‘illegal and inconsistent with our values’
“Pausing a state assessment would be both illegal and inconsistent with our values as a state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to the Nashville and Memphis leaders.
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
May 25, 2018
Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences
A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.
April 11, 2018
School leaders say it’ll take $1 billion to educate Memphis students
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the county to pay the district $13 million from its expected surplus and use $25 million from the district's reserves.
back to court
March 16, 2018
Nashville appeals judge’s order to share student information with state charters
The appeal means Metro Nashville Public Schools won't comply with an earlier order to share the information with charter operators requesting it.
November 29, 2017
As Tennessee governor’s race ramps up, so does the conversation around schools
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education unveils five priorities aimed at moving Tennessee up from the middle of the pack on student achievement.
five years in
November 15, 2017
Tennessee’s two big school turnaround experiments are yielding big lessons, researchers say
Five years in, Tennessee receives a report card of sorts from researchers who have closely followed its two primary models for improving struggling schools.
November 9, 2017
For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school
New state reports are highlighting where students are going after graduating from high school.
November 8, 2017
Tennessee awards grants to help 27 charter schools secure or improve buildings
Grants of $125,000 each will go to 27 schools in the first round of awards announced Wednesday by the State Department of Education.
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