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June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
May 31, 2019
Tennessee bumps base teacher pay up to $36,000
The Tennessee State Board of Education approved a $1,000 increase for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no teaching experience.
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.
Achievement School District
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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