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May 14, 2019
Tennessee’s new governor named charter school champion by national group
Gov. Bill Lee was the only Tennessean and sole governor singled out by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
April 17, 2019
So far so good? Nearly halfway through, Tennessee state testing remains glitch-free
Tennessee's school districts are nearly halfway through online testing, and for the first time in three years, no major issues have been reported.
April 10, 2019
Next week will prove if Tennessee is ready for TNReady. Here’s how state testing is going so far.
“We’re starting much stronger this year than we did last year,” Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said this week.
April 4, 2019
Tennessee governor calls for pause on computer-based testing for one year
Gov. Bill Lee announces that he wants all public school students to take their state tests on paper next school year as Tennessee transitions to a new testing company.
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
April 2, 2019
Here’s who Betsy DeVos and Gov. Bill Lee heard from in their closed-door meeting in Tennessee
The 30 or so people at the table were unlikely to challenge the points of view of their powerful hosts.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s new education commissioner named a ‘chief for change’ by national group
Penny Schwinn is among the newest members of Chiefs for Change, a high-profile national network of education leaders.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s education chief talks accountability during visits to Memphis turnaround schools
Here's what Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn had to say about the Achievement School District in Memphis.
Seizing a moment
March 18, 2019
Here’s why voucher advocates are excited about Tennessee this year
School voucher supporters who have had their hopes dashed for years in Tennessee’s General Assembly are more hopeful than ever.
March 5, 2019
Tennessee seeks bids for testing company to oversee troubled TNReady program
The state releases its request for proposals after three straight years of testing problems under two different vendors.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
February 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new education chief wants to ‘listen and learn’ with school visits
Penny Schwinn visited Tennessee classrooms on her first day on the job and pledged to make that a habit.
February 1, 2019
Six things to know about Penny Schwinn, Tennessee’s new education commissioner
Penny Schwinn starts her new job on Monday, where she will oversee K-12 policy for Gov. Bill Lee.
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