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Tennessee General Assembly
September 11, 2017
I covered Tennessee’s ed beat for Chalkbeat. Here’s what I learned.
Reporter Grace Tatter shares six things about public education that she learned on the job at the Statehouse — and now takes with her to graduate school.
February 13, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers have filed more than 300 education bills. Here’s Chalkbeat’s tool to help you keep track.
Introducing our 2017 education bill tracker!
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.
A tale of two bills
February 1, 2017
One is not like the other: Memphis is the difference in competing school voucher bills
Voucher opponents and advocates alike bristle at a proposal that would only apply to Memphis.
January 25, 2017
Four questions about education with state Rep. Harold Love
The Nashville Democrat talks about why he makes it a point to visit schools and what's ahead for education in this year's General Assembly.
January 23, 2017
Gearing up for Tennessee’s voucher fight? Here are eight stories to read.
This will mark Tennessee’s seventh year of legislative debate over vouchers.
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.
January 5, 2017
Tennessee gets a C-minus for public education, and an F in school spending
Tennessee ranks 36th in public education and 46th in spending in Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report.
November 29, 2016
Trump wants states to push vouchers. Tennessee shows why that might be hard, even in red states.
The perennial battle over vouchers in Tennessee shows the choices made by lawmakers when public support isn't there.
August 25, 2016
How much is $200 million championed by Haslam for teacher raises boosting paychecks? It depends.
Tennessee districts have vastly different resources, and choose to invest their state funding in different ways.
August 16, 2016
What’s the endgame for Tennessee’s Achievement School District? That’s the question facing lawmakers
State lawmakers will answer questions about the future of Tennessee's school turnaround district when they convene on Wednesday.
Vouch for this
August 1, 2016
Now accepting applications: Tennessee’s first-ever school voucher program, for students with disabilities
Up to 20,000 Tennessee families can now request funds from the state’s first education voucher program.
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
Making the grade
March 28, 2016
Haslam signs bill to assign A-F letter grades to Tennessee schools
Beginning in mid-2017, Tennessee schools will receive letter grades on their state report cards — similar to what their students receive.
March 3, 2016
Tennessee schools likely will receive letter grades beginning in 2017
The state House votes for a bill that supporters say would increase transparency and critics say would stigmatize schools receiving low grades.
March 2, 2016
Tennessee coalition organizes to advocate for students of color
A new education advocacy coalition emerges from a meeting of 100 educators and civil rights leaders from across Tennessee in Nashville.
March 1, 2016
House education panel takes first step to amend state constitution over school funding
A House panel advances a resolution that would amend Tennessee’s constitution so courts likely could not order more education funding.
Bills to watch
January 20, 2016
School vouchers bill clears key House panel in Tennessee’s perennial legislative debate
For the first time, a proposal to provide school vouchers clears a key House subcommittee after years of being stalled.
January 12, 2016
Here are the 45 Tennessee education laws already passed during this legislative session
From high-profile laws about Common Core to others that flew under the radar, here's what's already passed during the first half of the 109th General Assembly.
January 6, 2016
What you need to know on education as the 2016 legislature begins
Vouchers and school funding likely be the dominant education issues in 2016 before the Tennessee General Assembly.
September 2, 2015
Hamilton County argues all Tennessee districts should be part of school funding lawsuit
The boards for seven school systems in southeast Tennessee ask a judge for class-action status in their funding lawsuit against the state.
September 1, 2015
Nashville mayoral hopefuls offer their visions for the city’s schools
Facing a runoff election on Sept. 10, candidates Megan Barry and David Fox Runoff sound off on charters, school desegregation, state funding and more.
July 16, 2015
Despite educators’ frustration, little chance legislature will increase school funding soon
The Tennessee Legislature is not likely to increase school funding in the near future, even as districts gear up for legal battles.
July 16, 2015
Municipal superintendents cite challenges, benefits of split from Shelby County Schools
Superintendents give sunny update a year after breaking off from the state's largest school district, but challenges in funding and facilities remain.
July 15, 2015
Tennessee legislators want more state control under No Child Left Behind rewrite
Lawmakers kick off a two-day study session on K-12 schools in Tennessee, looking first at how a proposed revision of a federal education law would impact state schools.
April 23, 2015
As Tennessee lawmakers end session, did legislature ‘get education right?’
A recap of education legislation from the 109th Tennessee General Assembly
March 2, 2015
Debate over online school’s fate slated to begin
Tennessee lawmakers consider a bill that would allow a low-performing virtual school to operate through June of 2019 instead of closing this year.
February 11, 2015
Common Core bill delayed as conversation shifts in legislature
In a last-minute move, a House legislative panel delays debate over a bill that would replace Tennessee's academic standards.
February 3, 2015
Commercial about state educational standards makes Super Bowl splash
A nonprofit education advocacy group makes a significant financial investment to gain Super Bowl-size exposure for its cause.
February 2, 2015
Legislature to consider heavy issue with backpack resolution
Concerned about the long-term health impact of heavy backpacks, a Tennessee lawmaker asks educators, parents and students to learn about the issue and take steps to lighten the load.
January 20, 2015
Meet the lawmakers who will serve as gatekeepers of state education policy
Expecting a bevy of education bills and responding to an intense interest in legislation that could affect Tennessee public schools, House Speaker Beth Harwell is expanding oversight of education proposals at the committee level.
January 16, 2015
SCORE report lauds gains, advocates for Common Core standards
While Tennessee students are making substantial gains on math and reading tests, they still lag behind most other states in academic achievement, with barely a…
January 5, 2015
Bill asks for citizenship test graduation requirement
How many justices are on the U.S. Supreme Court? Who can veto bills passed by Congress? Name one freedom guaranteed under the First Amendment to…
October 12, 2014
Q&A with Speaker Beth Harwell: Tennessee will probably develop own standards
Speaker of the House Beth Harwell spoke with Chalkbeat about her educational priorities, and the priorities of her constituents.
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