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As Tennessee gives its turnaround district a hard look, fates of other takeover districts show struggles aren’t unique
Seven years later, Tennessee’s achievement district has not seen large gains. Nevada closed its turnaround district, and the other two states are struggling to launch.
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 11, 2019
Schwinn taps deputy with voucher experience to build Tennessee’s program
Amity Schuyler, who became deputy commissioner of Tennessee’s education department in May, is named project manager.
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.
June 28, 2019
Tennessee signs two-year, $40 million testing contract with Pearson
Negotiations complete, both parties sign off on a deal that makes Pearson the state's third TNReady vendor in five years.
June 17, 2019
Under growing tension, heralded turnaround leader Sharon Griffin resigns as head of achievement district
A year after Sharon Griffin’s ascension into leadership of Tennessee’s embattled turnaround district drew widespread praise – and after months of tension.
Read my lips
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.
June 6, 2019
Pearson bid $20.1 million to take over TNReady testing next year, documents show
British testing company Pearson submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than the proposal by Questar, the state's current vendor.
June 4, 2019
After a year with a new leader, high hopes are giving way to tension within Tennessee’s turnaround district
The initial excitement over the Achievement School District's new leader has given way to an impasse between the superintendent and the district's charter leaders.
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.
Updated May 30, 2019
Tennessee chooses testing giant Pearson to take over TNReady
London-based testing company Pearson will take over Tennessee’s student testing program beginning next school year.
that was fast
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.
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