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Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds

Tennessee’s state-run model for school turnaround hasn’t worked, according to new research, which also casts doubt on another locally run school-improvement program in Memphis. The Achievement School District, or ASD, created to turn around Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, has not generated improvements to student achievement during...

From civics to vaping, here are 10 education laws taking effect July 1 in Tennessee

Tennessee students will have to pass a U.S. civics test to earn their high school diploma, while all teachers must learn about human trafficking under dozens of new state laws that take effect July 1.  Public education was a favorite subject of many of the...

As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority

Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating Tennessee’s literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready. The Republican governor said Tuesday he was disappointed that a federal grant that has paid for reading camps the last two...

Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour

After visiting classrooms in 30 school districts across the state, talking regularly with superintendents and other stakeholders, and reviewing more than 25,000 comments from teachers, Tennessee’s new education commissioner says one theme keeps emerging: the need to support the mental health needs of students. “Without...

Tennessee bumps base teacher pay up to $36,000

Tennessee teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no teaching experience must be paid a minimum of $36,000 next school year, an increase of $1,000 under a new salary schedule approved Friday by the State Board of Education. And the state’s base pay for advanced degrees...

Tennessee governor signs controversial education voucher bill into law

Gov. Bill Lee quietly signed his education savings account plan into law on Friday, setting the course to begin letting some public school students in Memphis and Nashville use taxpayer money to pay toward private school tuition or other education services. The new Republican governor...

Tennessee House passes education voucher bill for the first time, Senate vote to come

In a historic vote, an education voucher bill narrowly passed for the first time in Tennessee’s House of Representatives as the state inched closer to letting some families use taxpayer money to pay for private education services. Representatives voted 50-48 on Tuesday for Gov. Bill...

Tennessee governor huddles with school leaders in cities affected by his voucher proposal

Gov. Bill Lee got an earful Tuesday during a closed-door meeting at the state Capitol with school leaders from the five cities that would be affected by his proposal to let some families use taxpayer money to pay for private education services. “If this voucher...

Tennessee’s voucher proposal open to legal challenge for excluding undocumented students

Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee’s Republican-controlled legislature are sticking with language in education voucher legislation that would check families’ immigration status to participate, even though doing so could land the state in court. The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to advance Lee’s plan to create...

Bill to arm Tennessee teachers advances over objections of law enforcement, educators

A bill that would let teachers carry concealed guns in Tennessee schools advanced Wednesday in the legislature, even as law enforcement officers and several teachers spoke against the proposal. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville, is modeled after a controversial 2016 state...