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Tennessee Votes 2018
July 12, 2018
Early voting begins Friday in Tennessee. Here’s where your candidates stand on education.
Chalkbeat asked candidates in four critical races about their positions on public education.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education
Chalkbeat asked Republican candidates about their own educational experiences, the future of TNReady testing, whether to offer private school vouchers, and more.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education
Chalkbeat asked the candidates about their own educational experiences, how they'd address TNReady testing challenges, pre-K expansion, and more.
June 22, 2018
Happening at a campus near you: Here’s what the security review of every public school in Tennessee looks like
Aging school facilities and heightened safety concerns after Parkland are the drivers behind Tennessee’s unprecedented summertime inspection of all 1,800 of its schools.
May 23, 2018
In his last year as governor, Tennessee’s Haslam picked for national education award
Gov. Bill Haslam is being honored for his policy work to expand college access for Tennessee students and prepare them for the workforce.
May 17, 2018
After another bumpy testing year, Tennessee likely will slow its switch to online exams
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is looking at three options as the state seeks to regroup on TNReady.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
Updated April 26, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take another whack at shielding teachers from TNReady test flubs
The legislature orders that "no adverse action" may be taken over this year's TNReady scores out of concern that the test results will be flawed.
not so fast
April 23, 2018
Why Tennessee legislators share blame, too, for TNReady testing headaches
In 2014, the legislature voted to pull out abruptly from a multi-state testing partnership, which set the stage for TNReady.
April 19, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
April 18, 2018
‘I do not plan to resign,’ McQueen tells lawmakers over latest testing missteps in Tennessee
Facing mounting pressure, the state's education commissioner vows to power through testing season and make adjustments as needed.
April 18, 2018
On the hot seat: McQueen to explain latest testing blunders to angry Tennessee lawmakers
Facing mounting pressure over more TNReady testing problems, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will face lawmakers to explain what went wrong this time.
April 3, 2018
Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with handguns killed in House committee
The vote ends the march of a bill that easily had cleared two legislative hurdles and was expected to reach the House floor.
April 2, 2018
Five things to know about school resource officers in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam's task force on school safety has identified expanded coverage by trained school safety staff as an immediate priority after Parkland.
March 28, 2018
Haslam orders first-ever security review of all Tennessee public schools
With a list of more than 1,700 schools statewide, the safety assessment is to begin immediately — and be completed before the start of next school year.
Updated March 28, 2018
Bill to arm Tennessee teachers remains up in the air as sponsor faces sexual misconduct allegations
Rep. David Byrd's bill sailed through its first two legislative hurdles but was postponed in the House just before a news report aired with the allegations.
March 20, 2018
Tennessee governor proposes $30 million for student safety plan
Tennessee joins the growing list of states taking similar actions after last month’s shooting rampage at a Florida high school.
March 6, 2018
Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with guns on hold for now
Rep. David Byrd, named this week to the governor's task force on school safety, says he'll "wait and see" before pressing his bill.
March 5, 2018
Here are the people now scrutinizing school safety in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam names a 17-member working group in response to last month’s deadly shooting rampage at a Florida school.
March 1, 2018
Haslam to name task force on school safety in Tennessee
The governor's task force will include law enforcement, education leaders, mental health professionals, and legislators.
February 28, 2018
Proposal to arm teachers with guns advances in Tennessee legislature
The bill would allow districts to adopt policies that let select school staff voluntarily carry a concealed handgun on school property.
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
February 13, 2018
‘We still have tremendous need,’ Hopson tells state lawmakers of Memphis schools
The chief of Shelby County Schools talks about unfunded state mandates and the challenges of serving a large number of impoverished students.
January 29, 2018
Haslam proposes teacher pay hike for third straight year in Tennessee
Public schools would get an extra $212 million, including funding for increasing teacher pay for the third straight year, under Gov. Bill Haslam’s final proposed budget.
January 29, 2018
Haslam to propose another teacher pay increase in Tennessee
As he prepares to deliver his final State of the State Address, Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
January 24, 2018
Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education
Tennessee voters got their first good look at most candidates for governor during an education forum televised statewide.
January 22, 2018
Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education
Voters will get to hear from all but one of the major candidates Tuesday evening during the first gubernatorial forum televised statewide.
January 8, 2018
Vouchers have dominated Tennessee’s ed debate for years, but won’t in 2018. Here’s why — and what could come next.
Here are four explanations behind the dramatic shift — and a look at why the climate could change again next year.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 17, 2017
Here are 26 assistant principals being groomed to lead Tennessee schools
Gov. Bill Haslam announces educators chosen for his 2018 Governor’s Academy for School Leadership, as well as the 26 principals who will mentor them.
November 7, 2017
McQueen wants teacher pay to go up and local costs to go down for Tennessee’s student intervention program
As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares the final budget of his administration, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is asking to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
October 25, 2017
As lawmakers grill McQueen about Tennessee’s testing problems, here are five things we learned
Details about scoring errors and testing plans emerge as state legislators seek explanations for a second straight year of problems with TNReady.
October 18, 2017
Memphis just gained an important ally in its legal battle with Tennessee over school funding
The Nashville school board's decision to join litigation is good news for Shelby County Schools.
Movers & shakers
October 17, 2017
Haslam names three West Tennesseans to State Board of Education
A Memphis real estate executive, a Cordova lawyer and a Decatur County high school student are the newest members.
August 1, 2017
Tennessee voters want an education-minded governor in 2018, says new survey
The results come a year before the 2018 gubernatorial primaries, and the next leader will follow several governors who have sought to overhaul Tennessee's K-12 schools.
beyond high school
July 20, 2017
Tennessee leads nation in FAFSA filings for third straight year
Almost three-fourths of Tennessee's high school seniors completed the financial aid form for the upcoming academic year.
from the top
May 12, 2017
Haslam reaffirms commitment to Tennessee’s turnaround district, even as the state downsizes its office
Gov. Bill Haslam says the state-run district is “evolving” and that he wants to see its work continued after he leaves office in 2018.
charter law 2.0
April 26, 2017
Sweeping charter school bill passes Tennessee legislature
The state Senate sends Gov. Bill Haslam a bill to replace Tennessee's 2002 charter school law.
April 25, 2017
Tennessee has a $2 billion surplus. Here’s a new idea to invest more in schools.
About $250 million of this year’s surplus would go to create a new public education fund under a proposal by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and Sen. Jeff Yarbro.
April 18, 2017
‘I think you will do well,’ says governor to Tennessee students preparing for TNReady
Tennessee's youngest students who began testing this week receive a pep talk from Haslam and a No. 2 pencil courtesy of SCORE.
January 30, 2017
Haslam proposes 5 percent boost for K-12 education in Tennessee
In addition to proposing free community college for all Tennesseans, Haslam asks for almost $183 million more in K-12 education spending.
January 30, 2017
Here’s what one Tennessee teacher will be listening for in Haslam’s State of the State address
On Monday night, the governor will outline his administration's priorities for the upcoming year, including for education.
January 27, 2017
One in three Tennessee graduates shouldn’t have received high school diploma, state says
The finding comes out of the State Department of Education's first examination of high school graduation data.
beyond high school
January 26, 2017
Haslam: Tennessee must step up its role in guiding high school students to college and career
More Tennessee ninth-graders are graduating from high school in four years, but not enough are furthering their education to be ready for today's jobs, officials say.
And the winner is
January 11, 2017
Tennessee wins $2 million grant to boost career education
The funding will be distributed over three years with the goal of expanding career-focused education from middle school to beyond high school graduation.
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.
Movers and shakers
November 10, 2016
Former Teach For America leader appointed to State Board of Education
Elissa Kim will replace vice-chairwoman Carolyn Pearre, who represents Tennessee’s 5th congressional district in Middle Tennessee.
November 8, 2016
Haslam plans to seek teacher pay boost for third straight year
Tennessee's governor says he'll seek a substantial increase for teacher pay, although not as much as the state could afford with its considerable surplus.
on the rise
October 26, 2016
Tennessee No. 1 in nation in growth on national science exam
The state outpaces almost all others in gains on a science exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2009 and 2015.
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