Education

Press release from the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Eduction(SCORE); August 30, 2012:  (Nashville) – The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today announced the 12 finalists for the second annual SCORE Prize Award. The Prize is awarded to the elementary, middle, and high school, along with one school district in Tennessee that have most […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; August 31, 2012:  NASHVILLE — State Sen. Andy Berke is demanding answers on the dismal performance of a for-profit Tennessee school that draws students from all over the state. “This is a case of government letting down our students and our taxpayers,” Sen. Berke said. “It defies common […]

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In the state’s ranking of best and worst performing schools, charter schools were a mixed bag last year. Two charter schools made the state’s top 5 percent list for showing big academic gains, but five showed up as schools with the worst academic records. “It really reflects that a lot of students come to us […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Education; August 27, 2012:  BRENTWOOD – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman today announced 169 schools as the 2011-12 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement. The Reward Schools are […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has concluded a series of seven candid conversations he held across the state with employers and educators to better link post-secondary education to high-quality jobs. “It is our responsibility to produce a quality workforce that meets […]

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Updated Aug. 24, 2012 with comments and committee resignation letter from Sen. Jim Summerville. State Sen. Jim Summerville doesn’t “give a rat’s ass what the black caucus thinks.” At least that’s what he told Memphis state Rep. Barbara Cooper via email Wednesday in response to her report from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators […]

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Statement from House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, and Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley; Aug. 23, 2012:  ”We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric coming from former Chairman Jim Summerville. His words show a complete lack of respect and decorum for not only Representative Barbara Cooper, but the entire Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. There is […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; August 22, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN), August 22, 2012 — “While the Committee’s report clears officials at TSU of academic fraud, it points out many areas of great concern regarding administrative oversight, poor decisions and unclear promises made to our students,” said Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson), Chairman of […]

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Haslam expects a lot of wrangling over the next few months on vouchers, pre-K and higher ed. Much of the debate will likely occur within his own party.

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Press release from the University of Tennessee; August 15, 2012:  KNOXVILLE – Responding to the challenge from national and state leaders to increase and encourage more innovation, the University of Tennessee helped establish nine startup companies based on technology developed by UT faculty over the last fiscal year, more than doubling the total from a […]

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Hours after the governor told reporters the state’s system works for overriding local charter school rejections, the Metro Nashville School Board refused to follow the Board of Education’s orders to OK Great Hearts Academies.

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Statement from the Tennessee State Board of Education; August 15, 2012:  NASHVILLE, August 15 — The State Board of Education is disappointed by the recent action regarding the indefinite deferral of the approval of the Great Hearts Charter School application. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) had an opportunity to quickly bring closure to the process by […]

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