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After campaigning for more vocational education, Lee unveils his proposal for Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced his legislative initiative to expand access to vocational and technical training for Tennessee students. Called GIVE for short, the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education would support regional partnerships among schools, industry, and technical colleges to develop work-based learning and...

Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top

As a key adviser to former Gov. Phil Bredesen, Will Pinkston was an insider in Tennessee’s aggressive campaign to overhaul public education policies and win a $500 million award under the federal Race to the Top competition in 2010. Later as a school board member...

Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit

Tennessee’s education chief is leaving state government to lead a nonprofit organization focused on attracting, developing, and keeping high-quality educators. Candice McQueen, 44, will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in mid-January. Gov. Bill Haslam, whose administration will end on Jan. 19,...

Tennessee students to test the test under reworked computer platform

About 45,000 high school students in a third of Tennessee districts will log on Tuesday for a 40-minute simulation to make sure the state's testing company has worked the bugs out of its online platform. That platform, called Nextera, was rife with glitches last...

Tennessee’s largest teachers group endorses Dean for governor as Lee reportedly snubs invitation

The political action committee for Tennessee’s largest teachers organization on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Karl Dean for governor over his Republican opponent, Bill Lee. The Tennessee Education Association PAC cited Dean’s record on school funding and his opposition to vouchers that use taxpayer money to...

Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list

The city that has been the epicenter of Tennessee’s school improvement work since 2012 got encouraging news on Friday as fewer Memphis schools landed on the state’s newest list of troubled schools. Only 45 public schools in Memphis were designated “priority schools,” compared to 57...

Most Tennessee voters favor state tests and want TNReady fixed, says new poll

Tennessee should continue to test its students to know if they’re meeting state academic standards and also should fix problems with administering its annual TNReady assessment, according to a statewide poll released Monday. But whether the state should keep using test results to evaluate teachers...

Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing

The leaders of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely to let the next administration address a bevy of problems with the assessment. In a letter sent Monday afternoon, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and...

Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor

The two candidates left in the race to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam agree that teachers should get more pay, state testing should be reviewed, and a college degree isn’t for everyone as Tennessee seeks to equip students for the jobs of tomorrow. But their priorities...

Tennessee approves first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools

With regional jobs related to computer science going unfilled, Tennessee soon will introduce academic standards designed specifically to strengthen those skills beginning in elementary school. The state Board of Education gave final approval Friday to Tennessee’s first-ever computer science standards for elementary and middle schools....