- MacKenzie Scott gives Memphis Lift $1.5 million to open a parent resource center
- Mar 29, 6:19 AM: Memphis Lift, a parent advocacy group, will open a new parent resource center thanks to a $1.5 million grant from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
- Metro school board members debate new policy on state oversight of charter schools
- Mar 23, 6:10 AM: Changes proposed to the board's policy around charter school applications would waive the board's right to "exercise its legal option" to become an authorizer of such a school, according to district documents.
- Charter schools bill rises from ashes in effort to open doors
- Mar 17, 8:40 AM: Legislation designed to shift “under-utilized” public school buildings to charter schools looked like it was dead this week but then resurfaced the same day, drawing a rebuke from a subcommittee chairman.
- Tennessee Bill to bypass local decisions on charter schools on pause in the House
- Mar 16, 9:11 AM: Legislation that would have allowed the Tennessee Charter School Commission to bypass local school boards is on pause after running into trouble in the House.
- Cepicky: The future of Tennessee’s education system is up to the General Assembly
- > Mar 15, 9:17 AM: During the meeting, some parents questioned Cepicky about bringing more charter schools to Tennessee as a way to increase achievement. However, Cepicky said fixing achievement in public K-12 education needs to be the state's first
- Rocketship broke ground in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress on the site.
- > Mar 14, 8:40 AM: Members of the Rocketship community gathered at the muddy construction site Wednesday on 5400 Mt. View Road to celebrate the site’s topping out. The COVID-19 pandemic had delayed plans for the school, which broke ground in
- Bill To Resurrect Tennessee School Vouchers Dies In Legislative Committee
- > Mar 11, 6:48 AM: A House subcommittee has narrowly killed a bill that could have revived Tennessee’s controversial school voucher program regardless of how the state’s highest court rules this year on the state’s overturned school voucher
- Find common ground on charter schools and serve Tennessee children and families | Opinion
- > Mar 10, 9:56 AM: Every morning, more than 14,000 children walk through the doors of a Nashville public charter school. Our students are musicians, mathematicians and athletes. Our parents are your neighbors, co-workers and friends. Our schools are
- Gov. Lee defends charter school expansion plans, relationship with Hillsdale College
- Mar 10, 9:10 AM: After some bi-partisan pushback, Gov. Bill Lee is defending his plan to expand charter schools and his administration’s relationship with Hillsdale College.
- For-profit charter schools again push change in law, eye Memphis, Nashville and other cities
- Mar 7, 8:14 AM: National Heritage Academies, a Grand Rapids charter school management company, supports a bill to allow for-profit charter school operators.
- How charter schools are once again at the forefront of TN's ed debate
- Mar 4, 9:31 AM: For the first time since the state's first charter schools opened in Memphis and Nashville in 2003, Tennessee is in the middle of a major change in how they open, operate and locate.
- Metro group shares concerns over Gov. Lee's planned charter school partnership
- Mar 3, 8:50 AM: A soon-to-be charter school partnership between Tennessee and a private Christian college has some Metro parents excited and others expressing their concerns.
- Nashville Parent Advocate Sonya Thomas Asks ‘What Has Changed?’
- > Mar 3, 6:41 AM: Nothing has changed. You would think that a pandemic would bring about a sense of urgency. We’re talking about decades of educational inequities, and what I’m seeing is that the system itself is not changing. It has actually grown
- ACLU to Gov. Bill Lee: Release records on Hillsdale charter schools
- Mar 2, 9:27 AM: The ACLU of Tennessee has requested that the state of Tennessee release all records regarding its announced charter school partnership with Hillsdale College in Michigan.
- Tennessee Supreme Court grills attorneys in second hearing on Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program
- > Feb 25, 9:24 AM: The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday reheard arguments over Gov. Bill Lee's contentious school voucher program, hours before he announced a new statewide education funding plan that could shift the way the state thinks about
- Gov. Bill Lee unveils new school funding formula aimed at focusing money directly on students
- > Feb 25, 9:01 AM: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and his education commissioner unveiled a sweeping new plan Thursday for how to pay for public education in the state, detailing for the first time a proposal that puts the funding focus more directly on
- State Supreme Court to hear school vouchers case a second time
- > Feb 24, 8:26 AM: Attorneys for Metro Nashville government and the State of Tennessee will again face off before the Tennessee Supreme Court over a controversial initiative of Gov. Bill Lee that would provide state-funded scholarships for low-income
- A bill to bypass local school boards on charter decisions passes Tennessee Senate committee
- Feb 24, 7:19 AM: A bill allowing charter schools to bypass the local approval process passed a key Senate committee Wednesday amid a renewed round of contentious debates around charter school expansion in Tennessee.
- Tennessee considers new path for charter schools to open without local district input
- Feb 23, 9:13 AM: Key Republicans in the state legislature are looking to make it even easier for charter schools to expand by allowing them to bypass the local approval process.
- Tennessee bill speeding up application process for charter schools has school board member worried
- Feb 16, 8:49 AM: As legislators in Nashville debate a bill that makes for easier creation of charter schools, a Johnson City Board of Education member is worried about what more charter schools could mean for public education funding.