Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
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.
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
Secretary v. secretary
August 1, 2017
Arne Duncan criticizes Betsy DeVos on civil rights, says she hasn’t asked for his advice
When Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, he asked his predecessors for advice. That’s why he’s disappointed that he hasn’t gotten a similar call from Betsy DeVos.
July 31, 2017
Tennessee education group campaigns against new threats to DACA and undocumented immigrants
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition urges U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to show national leadership in the DACA debate as new threats emerge.
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.
February 8, 2017
Tennessee’s senators aren’t saying how many DeVos calls they got, but it was a lot
One day after voting to confirm Betsy DeVos as ed chief, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker dodge questions about what their constituents told them.
February 7, 2017
Alexander, Corker side with DeVos as Trump’s pick confirmed as U.S. ed chief
Tennessee’s two Republican senators vote to confirm Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education.
February 3, 2017
Tennessee Democrats want opponents of DeVos nomination to call Alexander, Corker this weekend
As Monday's Senate confirmation vote approaches, the battle heats up over the embattled nominee for U.S. education secretary.
TN in DC
February 2, 2017
Tennessee school board leaders met this week with Sen. Lamar Alexander. Here’s what they talked about.
Three issues shaping Tennessee public education get the ear of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander as representatives of the state's school boards association travel to D.C.
February 2, 2017
Corker joins Alexander in backing Betsy DeVos for U.S. education chief
As the vote count narrows, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker signals his support for the Michigan school choice advocate.
January 30, 2017
On eve of DeVos vote, Alexander hears from protesters across Tennessee
Educators and parents expressed their displeasure over President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
December 7, 2016
Tennessee teachers group cautions Alexander about Trump’s pick for ed chief
The Professional Educators of Tennessee expresses reservations about Betsy DeVos because of her support for vouchers and lack of public school experience.
ESSA and Equity
August 4, 2016
Here’s how advocates for students of color want Tennessee to change its education rules
ESSA could offer a pivotal moment for students of color in Tennessee, depending on how the law is implemented.
June 29, 2016
New federal education law’s impact on students of color highlighted in Tennessee meeting with John King
U.S. Secretary of Education John King met with members of the Tennessee Education Equity Coalition on Tuesday for a discussion about the new federal education law.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Ready or Not
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line