ChalkBeat TN

Tennessee’s turnaround district underwent an $11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin. Griffin, who took over leadership of the Achievement School District last year, said one of her first orders of business would be re-imagining the district,...
A Memphis student may soon sit on the Shelby County Schools board following student demands last year for more input into district decisions, a spokeswoman said. The idea is still in its early stages and has not been presented to the school board yet, chairwoman Shante Avant said. State law...
By Keishana Barnes, Special to Chalkbeat Tennessee  I am both an educator and a mother of African-American children. Every morning, around 6 a.m., I sit with either my 8-year-old son or my 5-year-old daughter for their “Lesson with Mama.” During our time together, we study mathematics, literacy, geography, world history, and...
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 Lee’s education savings account proposal...
New Shelby County Schools employees would be eligible for student loan assistance next summer instead of retiree medical benefits, under a district proposal. The switch was pitched to school board members and county commissioners Wednesday primarily as a way to stem the increase in retiree medical benefits costs, which are...
Tennessee's school districts are nearly halfway through online testing, and for the first time in three years, no major issues have been reported. About 200,000 computer-based exams were submitted Tuesday and Wednesday – the heaviest days of state testing so far this spring, according to the state Department of Education....
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 bill passes, the private schools...
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups came out Monday against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal, which he has pitched as a way to help low-income students who attend low-performing schools. The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, which champions policies that address disparities in...
With its funding expiring, a Memphis program for students coming out of juvenile detention could end soon, despite a three-year record of job placement and low recidivism. The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer. The U.S. Department of Education, which funnels Justice Department funds to programs,...
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 education savings accounts, a new...