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January 9, 2019
Could Michigan’s new A-F law cost the state federal funding?
It's been controversial from the start. But now there are questions about whether Michigan's new A-F law could cost the state federal funding.
Boost for charters
October 9, 2018
Colorado gets $55 million to support charter school expansion
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help charter schools with start-up costs and trainings.
September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
August 23, 2018
A Colorado advocate for arming teachers thinks a new federal proposal is misplaced
Should the federal government make money available for schools to arm teachers, it would be up to each district in Colorado to decide whether to take advantage.
May 9, 2018
Memphis student among 161 high school seniors named as U.S. Presidential Scholars
A Memphis senior is headed to Vanderbilt University in the fall, but first, she will make a stop at the White House.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
the fight continues
January 22, 2018
New York officials vow to keep fighting for controversial testing rules after federal agency rejects them
New York is “not giving up” on its testing waiver requests, the state's education commissioner said Monday.
October 26, 2017
Communicating with Spanish-speaking parents is a challenge in Memphis. Meet the former teacher who’s taking it on.
Talia Palacio is transforming how Shelby County Schools interacts with Hispanic families.
All-clear on ESSA
August 31, 2017
Tennessee and feds strike a balance in how to track historically underserved students
The change enables the state to intervene when any racial group of students fall far behind their peers.
Detroit week in review
August 11, 2017
Week in review: A hurry-up-and-wait moment for Detroit’s landmark education lawsuit and more in this week’s school news
If the suit does move forward, it’s likely to take years to have any real effects on local schools.
March 16, 2017
New York education experts call Trump’s proposed budget cuts ‘irresponsible’ and ‘devastating’
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, drew instant ire from education experts in New York state.
December 7, 2016
Meet the leader behind one Memphis school’s Blue Ribbon success
Principal Yolanda Heidelberg turned a high-poverty school with a lot of English language learners into one of the district's fastest-improving schools.
November 10, 2016
Tennessee joins campaign to #GoOpen with educational resources
Tennessee joins 18 other states recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to offering free online educational resources in schools.
October 11, 2016
How Tennessee might drastically change testing, and other potential changes to the state’s schools
State officials share their takeaways from nearly six months of discussions on how Tennessee should adapt to the sweeping new federal education law.
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