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Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
March 28, 2017
Memphis lawmaker, voucher advocate says ‘unraised’ students hold back public schools, teachers
Rep. John DeBerry’s comments offer new insight into his motivation for wanting families to be able to use public funding to pay private school tuition.
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January 12, 2017
Meet the Tennessee lawmakers setting this year’s course on education policy
The same leaders and mostly the same faces are returning to the Tennessee legislature’s education committees this year, offering some hints to how education…
January 9, 2017
Here are four education issues to watch as Tennessee’s legislature kicks off
Tennessee lawmakers expect to revisit two perennial questions about school spending and vouchers during the 110th General Assembly, which starts this week.
November 30, 2015
How a Memphis lawmaker quietly passed a law that may have kept your school from state takeover
The state's youngest legislator, Rep. Raumesh Akbari shepherded into law a new policy that has had a major impact on schools in Memphis and Nashville. Here's how.
November 19, 2015
If a school is broken but appears to be on the mend, should the state intervene?
At Sheffield Elementary School in Memphis, parents and students tell the state that their struggling school is making enough strides without intervention.
November 11, 2015
Dueling protests over Raleigh Egypt Middle School’s future raise questions about how much progress is enough
Demonstrators disagree on whether Raleigh Egypt Middle's growth should exempt it from ASD intervention.
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