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February 15, 2019
Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators
The state's 40 teacher prep programs maintain or improve their scores on a new report card.
February 11, 2019
In last effort to stay open, Gateway University appeals to Tennessee board
State board staff will make a recommendation after a hearing, and members will then vote to uphold or overturn the decision to close the 150-student high school.
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.
city university appeal
February 5, 2019
State board sides with Memphis district in closing City University Boys school
If the state board votes at its Friday meeting to approve the recommendation, the 88-student charter school will officially close this May.
December 17, 2018
City University Boys charter school appeals to Tennessee board to stay open
A small middle school for boys has appealed the decision of Shelby County Schools not to renew its 10-year charter. City University Schools filed…
November 27, 2018
Gov.-elect Lee names Tennessee voucher advocate as his policy director
Tony Niknejad previously was director of Tennessee's chapter of the American Federation for Children.
November 6, 2018
Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.
Now that he's elected, Lee must transition to a new administration and work with a public school system serving a million students.
October 22, 2018
Tennessee students to test the test under reworked computer platform
This week's simulation is designed to make sure that technical problems don't happen again under testing company Questar.
October 19, 2018
Tennessee sides with Memphis and Nashville boards in rejecting four new charter schools
The State Board of Education denies the appeals of four groups seeking to open schools in 2019.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
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July 27, 2018
Tennessee approves its first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools
The state Board of Education gives final approval to new tech benchmarks that will reach classrooms in the fall of 2019.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
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