Kevin Huffman

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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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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Press Release from the Department of Education; September 18th, 2012: NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education today informed Metro Nashville Public Schools that the state is withholding approximately $3.4 million of non-classroom, administrative funding from the school system, as a consequence of the district’s refusal to follow state law. The money represents the non-classroom […]

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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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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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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 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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Music teachers, gym instructors and other educators whose subjects aren’t tested should be able to opt for evaluations more closely tied to their classroom observations, an influential education group says. The state’s listening.

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Tennessee students should be taught skills like how to avoid scams and save enough money for goals like buying a home, state officials said Thursday at a conference for teachers on financial literacy.

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The education reform group charged with grading the state’s new teacher evaluation process is turning in its homework late. No, the dog didn’t eat their research paper. But the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, SCORE, wanted to take more time collecting data, officials said. “Frankly, it’s that we had some additional inputs from people across […]

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The endgame is to ensure that the state produces students who are both college ready and have the skills needed to enter the workforce, said one state education official.

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New guidelines are “ambitious but achievable goals,” says sponsor Delores Gresham. Provisions would reward schools meeting achievement goals and closing the gap between at-risk students and their peers by giving them more financial flexibility and ability to maintain school improvement plans.

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