Education

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Thousands of local seniors reveled this past month in the time-honored stroll across a stage at their formal graduations and made the traditional hat toss in jubilant celebration of a successful high school journey. Many of those seniors were awarded...
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 summers could not be used...
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 question, it’s the No. 1...
About seven months after the outgoing leader left Shelby County Schools with a major school facilities plan, the new superintendent says the district needs to listen more before making any more decisions. Superintendent Joris Ray introduced a proposal last week that he wants to implement before deciding whether to move...
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider combined tuition and fee increases at the state’s community and technical colleges averaging 2.45 percent at its June 21 quarterly meeting, under recommendations approved today by the board’s Finance and Business Operations Committee. The committee’s recommendations would raise tuition by $102...
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 and additional years of experience...
Calling it an investment in the future, Shelby County Schools’ leaders asked county commissioners Wednesday for $7.5 million over their $1.04 billion operating budget. The financial boost, they said, would be used to add early literacy programs, double down on academic efforts when students are out on break, and...
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 made his signature education initiative...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – When Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover traveled to her hometown of Memphis on Wednesday, she had one goal in mind:  Bring back Tupac Moseley. Moseley had recently graduated valedictorian of his class at Raleigh-Egypt High School, and received $3 million in scholarships, all while homeless...
An education voucher plan that squeaked through Tennessee’s legislature this spring probably would not have passed if a texting scandal involving House Speaker Glen Casada had broken just days or weeks earlier, says a Republican House leader. Casada, a Republican who strong-armed the bill through the House, announced Tuesday that...