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October 11, 2018
Three big differences on Tennessee education heading into Dean and Lee’s final debate
While the first two debates have been polite and cordial, sharp differences are emerging on hot-button education issues in the race to be governor.
early literacy matters
August 23, 2018
Tennessee launched a pre-K pilot program aimed at boosting literacy. Here is what happened.
A pilot program led by the State Department of Education at 134 early childhood programs across the state led to more growth in literacy skills among 7,000 of Tennessee’s youngest students.
August 13, 2018
Three out of four Illinois kids aren’t ready for kindergarten. Why that’s a problem.
Only 16 percent of low-income students demonstrated kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The three core benchmarks are social emotional learning, literacy, and math.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
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 12, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners recommend less aggressive pre-K funding plan
A committee of Shelby County Commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of approving a plan that details funding for pre-K through 2022.
Movers & shakers
June 4, 2018
Meet the new leader of Memphis’ emerging pre-K training program
A Porter-Leath program that trained 500 prekindergarten teachers this year has a new leader.
By the numbers
May 10, 2018
Here are the more than 100 New York City schools with pre-K waitlists this year
Most families applying to pre-K got good news yesterday: A record 75 percent were accepted to their first choice school. But for others, there’s an…
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
April 24, 2018
Report says Tennessee’s pre-K program needs consistent monitoring and more rigor to get better
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
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.
pre-k for all
January 17, 2018
New York City will add dual language options in pre-K to attract parents and encourage diversity
Popular with parents, the programs can also be effective in boosting the performance of students who are learning English as a new language.
state of the state
January 3, 2018
Cuomo offers few new education plans for 2018, but says poor schools need more funding
New York's governor said little about education in his annual State of the State address; his agenda mainly calls for expanding existing education programs.
December 19, 2017
Memphis gets back into education game with vote to fund pre-K classrooms
The measure, approved 11-0, did not provide a funding stream for the pre-K investment, but essentially holds Memphis to find a way to come up with $8 million.
How I Teach
December 7, 2017
Why this educator uses autumn leaves to teach vocab to Memphis’ youngest students
Chalkbeat spoke with an early childhood educator about how she incorporates literacy into every lesson.
December 5, 2017
Memphis mayor endorses pre-K investments as City Council plans vote
The council will vote soon on whether to commit the city to coming up with at least $8 million to fill an impending gap in pre-K funding.
December 1, 2017
Will pre-K put the city of Memphis back in the education business?
Three members of the City Council plan to introduce a resolution to support expanding pre-K in Memphis.
Updated November 30, 2017
Richard Buery, architect of New York City’s massive pre-K expansion, is leaving City Hall
The deputy mayor also oversaw the creation of 215 "community schools" and smoothed over tensions with the charter sector.
November 21, 2017
New York City school workforce grows, driven by 40 percent rise in teaching assistants
Since 2007, the education department has added about 10,200 employees, the majority of them teaching assistants.
October 25, 2017
New York City schools chief asks principals to ‘take a chance’ on unassigned teachers that she sends them
As de Blasio runs for re-election, New York 1’s Errol Louis sat down with Fariña for a two-part interview.
October 18, 2017
How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught
About 500 Memphis teachers will go through Porter-Leath’s training this year in an effort to boost the quality of early education instruction.
October 12, 2017
Here are the next districts where New York City will start offering preschool for 3-year-olds
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to make 3-K available to every family who wants it by 2021.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
June 14, 2017
Can ‘3-K for All’ and child care centers work and play well together? Here’s what we know
To avoid the same problems that child care centers faced when enrolling 4-year-olds, directors say that DOE will need to do things differently.
June 12, 2017
A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more
Why do some early childhood programs produce big benefits for students, but others don’t? It may have a lot to do with money.
(Very) early education
May 16, 2017
With a major but little-noticed move, New York City signals that learning starts at birth
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans last month to extend pre-K to 3-year-olds, a massive expansion of his popular Pre-K for All program. But…
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
March 24, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers vote to leave pre-K alone this year
State lawmakers turn back a bill that would have allowed some districts to spend their state pre-K money elsewhere.
February 27, 2017
Tennessee’s pre-K wasn’t working, a 2015 study found. Now the state is putting new focus on teaching.
Catalyzed by a landmark study showing its public prekindergarten programs are ineffective, the Tennessee Department of Education is overhauling its program.
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
February 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
November 16, 2016
North Carolina just countered Tennessee’s findings on pre-K fadeout. Here’s the difference, according to researchers.
A year after a Vanderbilt study revealed weaknesses in public pre-K, a North Carolina study suggests public pre-K can work, at a cost.
October 26, 2016
Spending more on pre-K doesn’t guarantee success, say Vanderbilt researchers
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using Tennessee as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation to pause before expanding pre-kindergarten programs.
October 24, 2016
Applying to pre-K, kindergarten or gifted programs? Here’s where to learn more
This year marks the first time parents can learn about pre-K, kindergarten and gifted programs in a combined event.
October 14, 2016
In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues
A senior policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign channeled the Democratic presidential candidate at an intimate question-and-answer session on Thursday hosted by Teachers…
September 30, 2016
New York City promised free preschool to every family, so why do some students with disabilities struggle to find seats?
Across the city, parents of preschoolers with special needs have struggled to find services the education department is required to provide.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
September 9, 2016
New York City’s universal pre-K program wants to teach parents, too
New York City -- which has already been lauded for its focus on teacher training and quality in pre-K -- is turning its sights to the home.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
December 22, 2015
Top 10 stories defining Tennessee education in 2015
From Race to the Top to pre-kindergarten to teacher pay, education was a hot topic in Tennessee.
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
August 20, 2015
Tennessee rolls out sweeping literacy initiatives amid stagnant reading scores
Calling Tennessee's stagnant literacy rates a "true ethical and moral dilemma," Candice McQueen discusses her first major initiative as education commissioner.
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