Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee

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Concerned about over-testing, Tennessee will eliminate two high school exams

Tennessee will drop two end-of-course exams for high schoolers next school year in its most significant reduction of state testing in recent years. The state’s testing task force voted Monday to eliminate standardized tests for chemistry and English III — essentially cutting by more than...

The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?

The Nation’s Report Card has served as both a carrot stick and a kick in the pants to Tennessee in its quest to improve public schools. The kick in the pants came first, when the state got called out in 2007 for the wide gap...

Tennessee opened a Pandora’s box by lifting the ban on new school districts. Now on to the details.

When a 2013 state law allowed six Shelby County towns to break away from the newly merged Memphis district and create their own school systems, some lawmakers warned it would open up a Pandora’s box across Tennessee. Sen. Todd Gardenhire Now a handful of towns are...

Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with guns on hold for now

A Tennessee lawmaker is delaying his proposal to arm some teachers with handguns. Rep. David Byrd Rep. David Byrd, who Gov. Bill Haslam named this week to a 17-member panel charged with scrutinizing school safety in Tennessee, said Tuesday he will take a "wait and see"...

Memphis charter school creates classroom inside international manufacturing hub

Ten students at a Memphis charter school will spend the majority of their senior year learning about medical engineering — all while training at a global technology giant. Kayvion Walton, 17, is one of the seniors from Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering participating in...

Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education

For almost 16 years, two Tennessee governors from two different political parties have worked off mostly the same playbook when it comes to K-12 education. This year, voters will choose a new governor who will determine if that playbook stays intact — or takes...