Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still...
By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear...
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...
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By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of African-American men entering medical school hasn't budged since the late 1970s, and Dr. James Hildreth wants to change that. Hildreth is president and CEO of Nashville's Meharry Medical College, the oldest historically black medical school in the country. On Friday,...
While U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos isn't convincing members of Congress to expand education choices for families, she found a more receptive audience Monday in Tennessee. DeVos joined Gov. Bill Lee to visit a Nashville charter school where students have shown academic gains. Earlier in the day, she talked...
Sonya Thomas met a handful of fellow Nashville parents last summer, and quickly realized they all had something in common – a deep dissatisfaction with the schools their kids were attending. Thomas said they wanted to do something big and drastic, something more than just talking about it. But they...
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far. The Republican governor announced his “parent choice” initiative on Monday before a legislative body that has consistently rejected vouchers in numerous forms. He promised that his plan “will enable...
Proclaiming that “choice is good” when it comes to education, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday proposed creating a voucher program for students from low-income families and said he will support legislation to make it easier to open high-quality charter schools. He also asked lawmakers to approve a 2.5 percent...
Tennessee’s education insiders have whispered for years that some elementary school principals were moving their least effective teachers to critical early grades, which are free of high-stakes tests. That’s despite clear evidence that those years are the most important for preparing students for a lifetime of learning. Now a new...
By Jonathan Mattise and Scott Stroud --  NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was 17 when he joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Auburn University, which every spring held an "Old South" party where he and other members dressed in Confederate uniforms. The fraternity has since ended the tradition, and Lee,...