- Dobie: Power Poll survey shows education choice divides Tennessee leaders
- > Mar 22, 5:04 AM: A survey of Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders shows sharp divisions on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's proposals for a school voucher plan and for granting the state greater authority in approving charter school
- SCS wants to give every student a laptop to take home, but that may present challenges of its own
- > Mar 21, 6:28 AM: Schools nationwide, including in Shelby County, are arming students with digital devices at a rapid pace, with leaders often touting the technology as the key to improved performance. But research shows it's not as simple
- Bill that would create a new commission to approve charter schools moves forward after narrow vote
- Mar 21, 5:28 AM: A bill to create a statewide charter authorizer that would bypass local school board decisions narrowly made its way out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.
- Charter school bill won’t bypass local school boards after all, says legislative leader
- > Mar 20, 7:13 AM: Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is backing off of its proposal to bypass local school boards by creating a new state commission to authorize charter schools, says the legislator who’s carrying the legislation.
- Rural residents excited about broadband service expansion
- Mar 20, 6:43 AM: Kristy McDonald, a secretary at E.K. Baker Elementary School in McMinn County, says students have access to the internet while at school, but that is not the case when they go home.
- Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's school vouchers bill clears first House hurdle
- > Mar 20, 5:40 AM: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's controversial school voucher bill cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday after extensive debate, with several lawmakers saying they want more details and some provisions clarified.
- Opinion: Students must be at the forefront of educational progress in Tennessee
- > Mar 18, 7:30 AM: As a result of Gov. Phil Bredesen's and Gov. Bill Haslam’s leadership and the hard work of teachers across the state, students are more prepared today to seamlessly transition from high school to post-secondary success.
- Lee's private school voucher plan could hit $125 million, impact 15,000 kids by Year 5
- Mar 15, 6:01 AM: Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday fleshed out details of his proposed school voucher program with the experiment expected to cost taxpayers $125 million in its first five years.
- Lee administration outlines new details for controversial education savings account bill
- Mar 15, 5:39 AM: Gov. Bill Lee's effort to implement a school vouchers system in Tennessee could cost taxpayers as much as $125 million by 2024, according to an amendment the administration is expected to release.
- Opinion: Higher education is more than a degree. It's about Tennessee's quality of life
- Mar 13, 7:12 AM: From economic investment to health care savings, higher education can improve Tennessee's quality of life across the board. Legislators take note.
- Charter School Authorizer Bill Moves Forward Despite Bipartisan Concerns
- > Mar 13, 5:22 AM: Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to overhaul how charter schools are approved in Tennessee now includes the creation of a new, nine-person commission that would let applicants skip local school districts entirely.
- Governor’s Charter School Bill Moves Forward
- > Mar 13, 4:56 AM: One of Gov. Bill Lee’s education priorities — a new state commission that would allow charter school applicants to skip the local school board when requesting authorization — passed out of a House subcommittee Tuesday as
- Buoyed by successful strikes in other states, new Tennessee teacher group readies for a fight
- Mar 12, 5:38 AM: The three founders of TN Teachers United, who are current and former teachers union leaders, say their state affiliate, the Tennessee Education Association, is not fighting hard enough for educators.
- Opinion: Putting school choice in parents' hands helps neighborhoods. How it works.
- Mar 12, 5:34 AM: Creating economic development zones for education savings accounts, like the ones proposed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, would help families statewide.
- New Vision Academy to close this week, forcing more than 150 students to find new schools
- Mar 7, 6:45 AM: The New Vision Academy charter school is closing its doors following a year of local, state and federal investigations and the recent revelation that its facility violates fire code.
- Opinion: Voucher program offers promise
- > Mar 6, 6:40 AM: In his State of the State address Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee proposed a voucher program for public school districts with three or more schools ranked in the bottom 10 percent of schools across the state.
- Gov. Bill Lee expands call for school choice, unveils $25M 'education savings account' plan
- > Mar 5, 6:41 AM: Gov. Bill Lee ended months of speculation Monday when he told lawmakers he wanted $25 million for a school voucher program that would let thousands of students in low-performing districts use state money for private
- Funding for charter school facilities would double under Gov. Bill Lee's budget proposal
- Mar 5, 6:36 AM: During his first state of the state address, Gov. Bill Lee outlined his agenda for this first term which focused heavily on education and school choice.
- Few students with disabilities use Tennessee voucher program, now in its second full year
- > Mar 1, 7:24 AM: Alex Cales had attended Tennessee public schools for more than four years when frustrations over bullying and a lack of specialized attention convinced her family to place the fourth-grader in a private school for students
- SCS board approves opening of University Middle in partnership with University of Memphis
- > Feb 27, 6:12 AM: The University of Memphis will expand its foray into K-12 education this fall with the addition of a middle school. University Middle, approved by the Shelby County Schools board Tuesday night, will serve as an extension
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