Education

The governor says the state should have a thorough discussion about school vouchers, publicly-funded scholarships that can be used to attend private schools. A state panel appointed by Haslam to make recommendations on a voucher program is grappling over questions of eligibility and timing.

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Democrats on Capitol Hill Tuesday accused Republicans of abandoning their mantra of local government control in their handling of a proposed charter school for Nashville. Fired up over the Haslam administration’s fining Metro schools because its school board rejected the charter school application, Democrats said GOP leaders had adopted for the “big government” mindset they purport […]

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Press release from the Tennessee House Democrat Caucus; September 25, 2012:  NASHVILLE – State Democratic leaders criticized Gov. Bill Haslam for taking $3.4 million in taxpayer money away from Metro Nashville schools over the school board’s refusal to approve Great Hearts Academies. Members of the Davidson County legislative delegation, along with District 20 state Senate […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; September 20, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican state Rep. Jim Gotto has pushed funding cuts for state colleges, the HOPE Scholarship, and pre-K education, but he has no problem forking out millions of taxpayer dollars to an out-of-state, for-profit corporation that fails do what it promises: educate kids. […]

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Press release from  the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; Sept. 19, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Senate Democrats on Wednesday condemned the state sanctions doled out against Metro Nashville Public Schools over its denial of a single charter school’s application. Gov. Bill Haslam, along with Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, announced Tuesday their decision to withhold $3.4 million […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Education; September 17, 2012:  NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education’s proposed reading textbooks for kindergarten through eighth grade are on display for public review at sites across the state. As a part of Tennessee’s transition to the Common Core State Standards, the new books better align with […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam is warming to the idea of establishing a process whereby state education officials bypass local school districts when considering approval of new charter schools. The governor has for months indicated little interest in the idea, which is a departure from the current system wherein local elected officials determine whether to allow a […]

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Statement from the Tennessee State Board of Education, Sept. 18, 2012: Nashville, September 18, 2012: The State Board of Education is a non-partisan board that represents each of the Congressional districts of the state. On July 27, 2012, pursuant to state law, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to remand a charter school appeal […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Charter Schools Association; September 13, 2012:  Today, the Tennessee Charter Schools Association is excited to launch our NEW WEBSITE with resources including a map with information on all of the state’s charter schools, a new weekly blog, research, charter school FAQs, and TCSA’s role in promoting a quality charter school […]

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Republicans face the tricky prospect of giving the state the authority to approve new charter schools — a move that would go against their mantra of local control in governing. Charter school opponents stand ready to point out any hint of hypocrisy.

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Press release from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education; September 11, 2012:  (Nashville) – More than 100 business, community, and education organizations across Tennessee today launched an effort to support high academic standards in K-12 public education. This group, the Expect More, Achieve More coalition, seeks to build statewide and local awareness of Tennessee’s ongoing […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Education; Sept. 7, 2012:  NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce that six Tennessee schools have been chosen as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The award, presented by the U.S. Department of Education, honors public and private schools whose students attain and maintain high […]

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