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Drive to 55
July 13, 2018
Tennessee’s career readiness program expands beyond high school
Six years after the state launched Pathways Tennessee, a career readiness effort for high school students, the program is growing and rebranding as…
May 23, 2018
In his last year as governor, Tennessee’s Haslam picked for national education award
Gov. Bill Haslam is being honored for his policy work to expand college access for Tennessee students and prepare them for the workforce.
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.
beyond high school
July 20, 2017
Tennessee leads nation in FAFSA filings for third straight year
Almost three-fourths of Tennessee's high school seniors completed the financial aid form for the upcoming academic year.
April 11, 2017
Tennessee House committee denies in-state tuition to 13,000 immigrant students
One again, the bill dies by a single vote in front of a packed audience that included students who would have benefitted from more affordable tuition.
March 22, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers advance bill to give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition
A proposal to give undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition passed the Senate Education committee with a 7-2 vote and little debate.
January 27, 2017
One in three Tennessee graduates shouldn’t have received high school diploma, state says
The finding comes out of the State Department of Education's first examination of high school graduation data.
beyond high school
January 26, 2017
Haslam: Tennessee must step up its role in guiding high school students to college and career
More Tennessee ninth-graders are graduating from high school in four years, but not enough are furthering their education to be ready for today's jobs, officials say.
Pathway to college
January 12, 2017
For Tennessee high school students, free community college isn’t about the money. It’s about the branding.
Tennessee Promise has energized the conversation around college in high school, say state education officials and school counselors.
And the winner is
January 11, 2017
Tennessee wins $2 million grant to boost career education
The funding will be distributed over three years with the goal of expanding career-focused education from middle school to beyond high school graduation.
November 22, 2016
More Tennessee Promise mentors needed in Shelby, 43 other counties
Shelby County needs 504 mentors to serve the record number of high school seniors who applied for the state's free community college program.
November 2, 2016
Tennessee Promise needs 9,000 more mentors to help record number of applicants get to college
A record number of Tennessee high school seniors have applied to Tennessee Promise, requiring a record number of volunteers to help those students achieve their goals.
Win a counselor
September 26, 2016
These 30 Tennessee schools are getting new college counselors, courtesy of the governor’s office
Gov. Haslam's new initiative pays for a counselor dedicated to the college process — a luxury at schools where guidance counselors juggle social work, scheduling, and test administration.
Drive to 55
May 19, 2016
Thirty high schools with low college-going rates will get extra counselors under state’s newest Drive to 55 initiative
The new counselors will go to schools where students attend college at a rate lower than the state average of 60 percent.
College and career readiness
September 21, 2015
Leaders highlight K-12 schools’ role in ‘Drive to 55’
In the third year of a push to ramp up the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials, state leaders reflect on the role of public schools.
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