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February 11, 2019
Former Tennessee teacher of the year wins prestigious national award
Cicely Woodard received the nation’s highest teaching honor from its largest teacher organization.
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 hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
February 4, 2019
Here’s who Chicago mayoral candidates tap for education policy advice
Some listed insiders from politics and education, while others named scholars, family and friends — or themselves.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
February 1, 2019
Cory Booker has been an ed reform favorite. That could be a problem for his 2020 campaign.
Booker spent much of his career promoting a specific vision for improving education — views that in recent years have gone out of fashion with many Democrats.
looking to 2020
January 31, 2019
Mike Johnston, Colorado education reform champion, announces run for U.S. Senate
Johnston was a key architect of Colorado's teacher effectiveness law, the READ Act literacy law, and other reforms.
January 30, 2019
Memphis philanthropies ‘interested’ in paying for superintendent search firm
The CEO of the Memphis Education Fund said his group is “interested” in paying for the national search firm the district hires to find its next leader.
search is on
January 29, 2019
Memphis school board to convene committee of teachers, parents, students, in search of new superintendent
School board members will finalize details of the search committee at a 4 p.m. meeting Wednesday.
January 28, 2019
The school board in Memphis has an open seat. Here’s how to apply for it.
The county commission is scheduled to name a successor on Monday, Feb. 25, a day before the school board’s meeting that month.
January 23, 2019
Tennessee’s next education chief starts in February. Here’s how she’s prepping.
Penny Schwinn is winding down her obligations in Texas, where she has overseen academics since 2016.
End of an era
January 18, 2019
After leading the Memphis district through a turbulent time, Hopson thinks student achievement will ‘accelerate’
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's last day is Friday.
Updated January 17, 2019
Lee picks Texas academic chief Penny Schwinn as Tennessee’s next education commissioner
The choice is one of the last and most important cabinet picks for governor-elect Bill Lee, who made education a top priority on the campaign trail.
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
January 10, 2019
Meet the Tennessee lawmakers who will shape education legislation this year
Thirty-two legislators will serve as the gatekeepers for hundreds of bills dealing with public education over the next two years.
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