School choice

‘Tennessee has always been a bellwether state’ for education reform, says Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds
Nine charter applicants this year included four new schools, plus five schools in the Achievement School District. The MSCS school board approved two of them, despite the district’s recommendations.
After Senate balks, House agrees to limit expansion to Chattanooga-based Hamilton County Schools.
GOP lawmakers move quickly to expand Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program.
A proposal to take vouchers statewide is also on the table, but unlikely to get a vote this year.
Sponsors want recently launched pilot program to add Hamilton County Schools
Schwinn says salary leap would be ‘game changer’ to recruit and retain educators
Third grade retention policy, private school vouchers, and a teacher shortage are among the priorities
Three-year-old legal battle continues, even as applications are approved
Democrats say it’s bad policy to expand a ‘pilot’ program that just launched
Votes on two other schools recommended for closure are delayed amid lawsuit against district
The vote to allow Believe to add K-3 went against the recommendation of district administrators, who raised concerns about the school’s academic performance
Opposing attorneys say they may appeal to a higher court
Though he offered few specifics, Lee said he plans to build on his education agenda of the last four years
The recommendations uphold MSCS’ decision earlier this year to reject applications for Binghampton Community School and Tennessee Volunteer Military Academy
Candidates hold widely divergent views on charter schools, vouchers, book bans, and third-grade retention
Written feedback runs counter to public comments delivered in person
Plaintiffs challenge speedy rollout, among other things
In an interview with Chalkbeat, Antonio Burt reflects on his tenure so far and his vision for this year and beyond
College president’s mockery of teacher training won’t necessarily dash hopes to bring charters to the state
Local governments in Nashville and Memphis failed to show that an injunction was warranted, the judges ruled
Memphis board disregarded recommendation to deny Frayser network’s proposal, and instead approved Westside Middle School, which has an anti-racist theme.
Speedy voucher rollout draws hopeful families, more legal challenges
Lee meets with private school leaders, while his education chief acknowledges the timeline is ‘challenging’
The legal move comes as the state prepares to officially relaunch the program
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