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January 25, 2017
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is about to become one of only two state boards in the nation to double as a local school district.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
November 14, 2016
State Board to authorize its first Memphis school after overruling local district
Bypassing Shelby County Schools, Green Dot Public Schools will move ahead to open a high school in Hickory Hill next fall under the State Board of Education.
October 14, 2016
Overruling Shelby County Schools, State Board approves new Memphis charter school
Local district leaders in Memphis quickly denounced the decision and stuck by their school board’s unanimous vote in August to deny Green Dot’s application.
October 12, 2016
Heyburn recommends reversing Memphis school board on Green Dot’s charter denial
Sara Heyburn also recommends denying appeals by two other California-based operators seeking to open charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
September 15, 2016
Wanted: Feedback on Tennessee’s new social studies standards
The State Board of Education announces the launch of an online review site open through Oct. 28.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
May 27, 2016
State Board upholds Memphis charter closures but raps Shelby County’s process
After intense discussion, the State Board of Education unanimous backs Shelby County Schools’ decision, but not without criticizing the local district's process.
May 26, 2016
State education board chief backs decisions to close four Memphis charter schools
The chief administrator for the Tennessee State Board of Education recommends upholding school board decisions in Memphis to revoke the charters of four schools.
April 15, 2016
At long last, phase-out of Common Core is official in Tennessee
The State Board of Education signs off on new "homegrown" standards after 18 months of examination and revisions.
January 26, 2016
After more than a year of review, here’s what’s being recommended to revise Common Core in Tennessee
A state panel sends its recommended revisions to K-12 academic standards to the State Board of Education for a first vote on Friday.
Nation's Report Card
October 28, 2015
Like Tennessee’s NAEP scores, leaders’ script stays the same
As state leaders stuck with a 2-year-old script heralding Tennessee as the “fastest improving state in the nation," the NAEP reveals that the state just held its ground.
October 23, 2015
State Board of Education overrules Nashville district board on KIPP charter expansion
The State Board of Education approves an appeal from national charter operator KIPP to open two new schools in Nashville, overruling the local district board.
Leadership & Management
February 3, 2015
Rhodes College president named to state Board of Education
William Troutt, president of Rhodes College in Memphis and former president of Belmont University in Nashville, is appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the nine-member State Board of Education.
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