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October 1, 2018
Six Tennessee schools win federal ‘Blue Ribbon’ status for 2018
Three traditional public schools and three academic magnet public schools received the honor from the U.S. Department of Education.
September 25, 2018
After three years, the fight to spend more money on Tennessee schools inches toward trial
A Nashville judge turns back the state’s second attempt in three months to derail the lawsuit filed by districts in Memphis and Nashville.
September 14, 2018
I spoke with our governor during his TNReady listening tour. Here’s what I hope he heard.
Tara Baker, an assistant principal at Nashville's McGavock High School, was among about 150 educators invited to participate.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
August 10, 2018
How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study
To develop teachers, principals needing coaching too, says a new study by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research.
November 9, 2017
For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school
New state reports are highlighting where students are going after graduating from high school.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
October 18, 2017
Memphis just gained an important ally in its legal battle with Tennessee over school funding
The Nashville school board's decision to join litigation is good news for Shelby County Schools.
August 10, 2017
Nashville’s grieving mayor visits schools on first day back to work
Megan Barry handed out backpacks and hugged children on the first day of school this week after losing her only child to a drug overdose.
July 19, 2017
How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading
Beginning in the earliest grades, reading goes far beyond sounding out words at Nashville Classical Charter School.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
June 19, 2017
I think traditional public schools are the backbone of democracy. My child attends a charter school. Let’s talk.
The dialogue around school choice in Nashville doesn’t often include much nuance — or many voices of parents like me.
May 25, 2017
Frustrated with high suspension rates, Memphis schools shift to restorative justice
Taking a cue from Nashville, Memphis school leaders are working to change the way their educators discipline students in Shelby County Schools.
April 27, 2017
Matt Damon’s latest role: The voice of an education documentary featuring Tennessee testing
Called “Backpack Full of Cash,” the 90-minute film features a Nashville elementary school and school board member Amy Frogge.
How I Teach
April 26, 2017
Live, from Music City, an elementary school teacher presents life lessons with a beat
Nashville elementary school teacher Christopher Blackmon is one of 31 educators nationwide named 2017 Music Teachers of Excellence by the Country Music Association.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
March 15, 2017
Nashville high school students stage walkout to protest Trump’s visit
About 100 students at a Nashville charter school organize a walkout less than two miles from the hall where the president is scheduled to speak later in the day.
March 1, 2017
Tennessee’s largest districts could charge charter schools more under tweaked bill
A bill that rewrites Tennessee’s charter school law passes its first hurdle with a few revisions.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
February 27, 2017
This Tennessee teacher spoke at a rally in support of trans students. Here’s what he wants lawmakers to know.
Tennesseans protest at the state Capitol in response to the Trump administration's decision to pull guidance on which bathrooms transgender students can use.
January 31, 2017
As Trump seeks to keep some immigrants and refugees out, Nashville’s school community declares all are welcome
Superintendent Shawn Joseph, administrators and teachers double down on efforts to make immigrant and refugee students feel safe at school.
November 18, 2016
‘Our resolve has never been stronger’: Nashville school board commits to diversity in post-Trump America
Nashville education leaders have a message for the city’s diverse population: All students are welcome, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
October 25, 2016
Why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez says the way to change discipline practices in Memphis is to change teachers' and administrators' relationships with students.
Doing the math
October 19, 2016
Trying to sort out Tennessee’s new math standards? These educators are doing it for you.
The new Mid-Cumberland Math Consortium uses the collective brain power of Middle Tennessee educators to work through common challenges to math instruction.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
September 16, 2016
Does Tennessee have to follow its own school spending plan? Court prepares to weigh in
Attorneys for the state and Nashville face off on the funding question at a court hearing in Nashville.
September 8, 2016
States often get sued over school funding. Here’s what makes Tennessee stand out.
When it comes to providing adequate funding to educate students based on today’s standards, Tennessee isn’t coming close, say national experts.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
August 2, 2016
Race and education in Nashville: Author Ansley Erickson on the hidden policy choices that sustain inequality
Ansley Erickson's book details the desegregation and subsequent resegregation of Nashville’s public schools, tracing today’s educational inequalities to their roots.
July 27, 2016
Two Nashville teacher residencies selected to partner with national center
New teacher residencies through Project Renaissance and Belmont University receive support from the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
July 25, 2016
New Nashville teacher cooperative chips away at public, private partition
A new teacher cooperative hosted by the University School of Nashville brings together teachers from Nashville's public and private schools.
July 22, 2016
State Board finalizes $200 million increase for Tennessee education
The State Board of Education finalizes $4.35 billion in funding allocations to K-12 districts for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of $200 million.
July 18, 2016
Can raising reading levels be fun? It was for these kids in Nashville
Summer camps funded through Tennessee's Ready to be Ready initiative give children a chance to become better readers.
change at the top
May 13, 2016
To steer local schools, Nashville taps a diverse Maryland district’s second in command
The deputy head of Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools will inherit a district struggling to keep pace with its increasingly diverse student population.
May 5, 2016
Memphis education leader tells Nashville officials what Shelby County Schools is doing right
Interviewing to be director of Nashville schools, Brad Leon says he would bring a lot of inspiration from Memphis schools, including its focus on education equity.
May 3, 2016
Shelby County Schools innovation chief is finalist for Nashville school director
Brad Leon is the only Tennessean among six finalists for the top job at Metro Nashville Public Schools.
April 14, 2016
State Board of Education members tour Nashville KIPP schools in their new role as charter authorizer
Tennessee's State Board takes a step forward in its unprecedented relationship with a national charter network.
A tale of two cities
March 22, 2016
Achievement gap is narrowing in Memphis, growing in Nashville, study says
Memphis is making headway, while Nashville is struggling, in closing the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers.
March 10, 2016
Tennessee’s state-run school turnaround district poised to escape lawmakers’ intervention — again
Only two of seven bills related to the state-run Achievement School District appear to still be in play in this year's legislative session. Both are watered down.
February 29, 2016
After online testing failure, Tennessee students take new TNReady assessment the old-fashioned way
While most Tennessee school districts have received their printed materials on time, a dozen are on standby.
February 24, 2016
Once seeking to scrap pre-K, Tennessee’s biggest pre-K critic votes to improve it
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville joins a legislative subcommittee to advance a bill that would fund more teacher training at the pre-K level.
February 8, 2016
Tennessee’s switch to online testing starts rough as platform crashes on Day One
On the first day of online testing in Tennessee schools, a network outage keeps students from taking the state's new achievement test, delaying TNReady's rollout.
January 21, 2016
Why asking to keep TNReady data out of teacher evaluations might be moot
School boards are asking that the state discount growth scores this year — but the state says that's unnecessary.
January 19, 2016
Study finds racial discrimination in school gifted programs
Black students are far less likely to be placed in gifted programs, even with the same test scores as their white peers and especially if their teacher is white, say researchers.
December 3, 2015
Amid anti-refugee political rhetoric, Nashville schools welcome displaced students
Students fleeing Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other war-torn nations find refuge and learning in Nashville schools, and teach their classmates a few lessons, too.
November 10, 2015
Two KIPP Schools poised to be first run by State Board of Education
Two KIPP schools might be the first charters run by State Board of Education after the Metro Nashville school board passed on them a third time.
November 2, 2015
Four years later, Tennessee’s first-ever charter ‘turnaround school’ celebrates gains
Nashville's Cameron College Prep is being heralded as a "success story" by LEAD Public Schools, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Mayor Megan Barry.
October 23, 2015
State Board of Education overrules Nashville district board on KIPP charter expansion
The State Board of Education approves an appeal from national charter operator KIPP to open two new schools in Nashville, overruling the local district board.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
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