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Pro-voucher groups want clarity on private school background checks for new Tennessee program
Three pro-voucher groups express concern about a proposed rule regarding background checks for employees at private schools accepting taxpayer money.
October 11, 2019
Support for TNReady rebounds after problem-free testing year, says new poll
Three years of technical problems and controversy surrounding the testing program don’t appear to have dampened Tennesseans’ support for annual tests.
Updated September 30, 2019
Tennessee governor appoints members of new state charter school commission
Gov. Bill Lee named nine Tennesseans Monday to serve on a new commission overseeing charter schools across the state.
September 27, 2019
Pearson is ramping up as Tennessee’s new testing company. Here’s how.
Leaders with Pearson Inc. have criss-crossed Tennessee for the last month as the testing giant takes over the job of managing standardized testing.
September 23, 2019
Schwinn retreats — for now — from changing how Tennessee judges its schools
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she is backing off from pursuing changes to the way Tennessee judges its public schools this school year.
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Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
Updated September 13, 2019
Tennessee lawmakers tell education chief to slow down on school accountability changes
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn wants to change the way the state judges its public schools.
September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
Updated August 23, 2019
Tennessee replaces its voucher-friendly House speaker with a voucher opponent
Rep. Cameron Sexton, a Republican from Crossville, is overwhelmingly elected as the chamber's top leader.
August 22, 2019
One in three Tennessee teachers wants to leave the profession, survey says
Results from the latest Tennessee Educator Survey are both encouraging and troubling as fewer candidates pursue the teaching profession.
August 14, 2019
Six things to know about Tennessee’s TNReady scores coming out this week
Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 11, 2019
Tennessee governor promises ‘funding will be there’ for early voucher start
The legislature approved $770,000 for startup expenses this year while setting a two-year deadline to enroll students in the program.
July 10, 2019
Tennessee’s governor wants education voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline
The controversial new program could begin in the fall of 2020 instead of 2021.
July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
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