Race to the Top

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 […]


Three schools in Hamilton, Putnam and Sullivan counties will receive $5 million in federal tax dollars to strengthen their science, technology, engineering and math instruction, the Haslam administration announced Monday.

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Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Dec 02, 2011: NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education today released complete results from the 2011 state Report Card. Today’s release includes district- and school-level data on a variety of indicators, from student achievement and growth on standardized tests, to attendance and behavior. This is the department’s […]


The governor has asked all state agencies to submit a contingency plan for 5 percent reductions, and the state’s higher education schools complied with an outline that would trim spending by $55.1. But their real desire is to see a $28.7 million bump, an increase of 2.7 percent.


The governor said Monday the new teacher evaluation system will require some getting used to but emphasized that the evaluations were “at the heart” of the state’s successful Race to the Top application. Haslam said he’s as yet unprepared to take a position on a bill to make way for vouchers in the state’s largest school systems.


Big Apple-Bound Again

by Mike Morrow on September 25, 2011

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will do double duty in New York early this week, working on job creation while also appearing at the NBC event called the Education Nation Summit. Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and a small team from ECD will be along for the trip in an effort much like the […]


Gov. Bill Haslam introduced President Obama during a White House ceremony Friday to announce changes to the education law. The state is seeking a waiver from NCLB while also implementing reforms aimed at boosting student achievement.


President Barack Obama on No Child Left Behind Flexibility; Remarks Distributed by the White House Press Office, Sept. 23, 2011: East Room, 10:24 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. I see a whole bunch of people who are interested in education, […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam gives bipartisan high marks to Phil Bredesen and Lamar Alexander for their records as governors on education. Haslam, a history buff, has been telling audiences recently that he has been reading about Tennessee’s past governors. He has made the point of how, going back to Austin Peay, who served from 1923-27, every […]


Arne Duncan, President Obama’s top education official, praised the state’s “courageous leadership” on school reform in Nashville Wednesday. He left little doubt the state will get the waiver it seeks from the No Child Left Behind law.


The Tennessee Board of Education has OK’d an overall plan — although more details likely to be added.


The governor says he doesn’t want to change the state’s pre-kindergarten program, but wants more research into whether, and to what degree, it is working. Earlier this week, fellow Knoxville Republican Bill Dunn questioned Pre-K’s efficacy, calling the statewide program a waste of resources.