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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.
Updated April 18, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves governor’s call for a statewide charter school commission
Representatives vote 61-37 for Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to shift oversight of the state’s growing charter sector to a new nine-member body.
April 4, 2019
Tennessee governor calls for pause on computer-based testing for one year
Gov. Bill Lee announces that he wants all public school students to take their state tests on paper next school year as Tennessee transitions to a new testing company.
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
March 22, 2019
Tennessee’s governor says he wants to help low-income students in failing schools. But his voucher and charter plans cast a much wider net.
Critics say his signature proposals could end up benefiting middle-class families and changing the landscape of school systems that are doing just fine.
March 19, 2019
Charter school bill won’t bypass local school boards after all, says legislative leader
Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is backing off of its proposal to bypass local school boards with a new state charter authorizing commission.
Updated March 19, 2019
Voucher bill clears first hurdle in Tennessee’s legislature
Legislation that would create a new type of voucher program advances out of a House education subcommittee.
March 5, 2019
Some low-performing charter schools would be spared from closure under Tennessee bill
The bill allows school boards to put low-performing charter schools on an improvement plan instead of closing them.
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Updated February 20, 2019
Tennessee’s ‘parent dress code’ bill clears first legislative hurdle
Every Tennessee school district would have to develop a code of conduct for parents and other school visitors under a bill that narrowly advances.
Updated February 7, 2019
Lee says ‘parent choice’ education initiative coming soon in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Lee hinted that he soon will introduce a legislative initiative to give parents more education options for their children.
January 25, 2019
Pre-K money could be diverted to other needs under Tennessee lawmaker’s bill
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
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 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
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.
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.
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