Education

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 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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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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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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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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Statement from the Tennessee Department of Education; August 15, 2012  In response to Tuesday night’s Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman released the following statement: “The Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education is now operating in violation of state law. We will take appropriate action to ensure […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Education; August 13, 2012:  NASHVILLE — In accordance with Tennessee’s new accountability system, designed through the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind, the Tennessee Department of Education today released a list of Priority Schools and Focus Schools to the State Board of Education. Priority Schools are the […]

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Sen. Mark Norris says he will comply with the Shelby County Commission’s requests for all correspondence dealing with the controversial Memphis-Shelby schools merger. But the Senate majority leader and chief architect of legislation dictating rules for combining the school systems thinks the demand is being made principally in the spirit of hassling him and other […]

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Op-Ed from Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; August 6, 2012:  Our Republican majority in the state legislature have reached many of our goals these past two years. I’m very proud of our accomplishments. But there is still much left to do. One example is education reform. Some might find this surprising. After all, Tennessee won […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Education; August 6, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Amid a national movement in education to better prepare students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee Department of Education announces the opening of three new STEM-focused schools this year. The new programs are part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation […]

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Press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus; August 1, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Department of Education this week recognized school districts across the State that significantly improved student performance and narrowed achievement gaps under Tennessee’s new accountability system. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced the 21 districts that earned Exemplary designations for the 2011-12 school […]

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