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Read my lips
June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
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.
December 17, 2018
McQueen ends her Tennessee tenure the same way she started — focused on reading
In her swan song tour of the state, the outgoing education commissioner offers both encouragement and strong talk about Tennessee's illiteracy problem.
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
December 19, 2017
Memphis to receive more state-funded summer reading camps than previous year
In all, Tennessee will distribute about $8.9 million to pay for month-long camps at 203 schools across the state aimed at combating summer slide.
October 13, 2017
In their second year, Tennessee’s summer reading camps show improved skills for some
While testing data is available for only half of participating students, those who were assessed grew in their reading accuracy by an average of 4 percentage points.
August 16, 2017
More literacy coaches to bolster Tennessee’s drive to boost student reading
Two-thirds of the state's school districts will participate in Tennessee's literacy coaching network as the program begins its second year this fall.
July 19, 2017
How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading
Beginning in the earliest grades, reading goes far beyond sounding out words at Nashville Classical Charter School.
Stopping summer slide
July 13, 2017
On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids
Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs.
Fighting summer slide
April 28, 2017
Nine Memphis schools will have state-funded summer reading camps
Statewide, more than 200 schools will host summer camps through the Read to be Ready initiative.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
Read to be Ready
February 23, 2017
McQueen takes stock of Tennessee’s literacy campaign after first year
The state is making progress with its youngest readers, but still has a long way to go, says its education commissioner.
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.
Read to be Ready
January 24, 2017
$30 million grant will grow Tennessee’s summer reading program tenfold
A major investment by the State Department of Human Services will expand the reach of summer reading programs to 10,000 children.
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