- Tennessee charter schools 'optimistic' about BEP review
- > Oct 20, 7:36 AM: Tennessee’s charter schools are eager to see what comes of the state’s review of its education funding formula, which could mean a more supportive funding model if Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn’s suggestion of a
- Another charter school is coming to West Nashville, after the new state commission voted in favor Tuesday
- Oct 13, 8:25 AM: Nashville Classical’s K-8 flagship school is located in East Nashville. Over the years, it’s become one of the most popular and top-performing schools in the city.
- Tennessee leaders to review education funding formula
- Oct 11, 10:57 AM: Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Friday announced plans to review how the state funds its multibillion dollar K-12 education system.
- Charter school appeals to go before new Tennessee commission for the first time
- > Oct 6, 9:15 AM: The leader of Tennessee’s new charter school commission is recommending the state overturn a Nashville school board decision that is preventing a successful charter operator from opening a second Nashville campus.
- “I feel like the public schools have let us down.”
- Sep 23, 8:49 AM: Few school options for kids with disabilities during COVID add stress for parents
- Editorial: Virtual learning simply did not work
- > Sep 16, 9:26 AM: Most, we believe, would agree that the phrase “virtual learning” is an oxymoron. For some students it works because they have the rare discipline to sit uninterrupted in front of a screen throughout the day; or a parent
- Seven schools, including three in Memphis, exit Tennessee’s toughest school improvement list
- > Sep 15, 9:46 AM: Seven of 79 Tennessee schools flagged for poor academic performance in 2018 dropped off the state’s “priority list” of bottom-performing schools this year when the Tennessee Department of Education unveiled its 2020-21
- Tennessee education commissioner stands by ban on districtwide virtual learning as a pandemic respon
- > Sep 13, 10:47 AM: Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says her department will continue its remote learning waiver program, which allows some classrooms or schools to switch to virtual learning to fight the spread of COVID-19 —
- Majority of Tennesseans believe public education is on the track
- Sep 8, 2:56 PM: And only 34% of those surveyed said that public education in Tennessee “is moving in the right direction.” The poll found 66% believe it's on the wrong track.
- Memphians demand district create more virtual learning options to stop the COVID spread in schools
- > Sep 2, 11:38 AM: Four weeks into the school year, a growing chorus of Memphis parents are pressing Shelby County Schools to be more aggressive in creating a virtual learning option as safety concerns mount amid a surge in community COVID
- A primer on the non-traditional schooling now trending in Tennessee Valley
- Sep 1, 12:28 PM: As the pandemic continues to reshape where and how students learn, these non-traditional school options are gaining ground with families across the region.
- Safety vs. access: Some Tennessee parents feel stuck with tough choices
- > Aug 31, 3:29 PM: With fewer remote learning options allowed by the state this year, and Hamilton County and the governor giving parents the option to opt-out of wearing masks, some special needs families feel stuck between keeping their
- Group calls on Gov. Bill Lee to implement a temporary mask requirement and virtual school option
- > Aug 30, 11:54 AM: A group of health and education leaders are calling out Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, saying he needs to step up and lead during the COVID-19 pandemic.They are calling on him to implement a temporary mask requirement and
- Tennessee governor says no again as some school leaders clamor for remote learning
- > Aug 26, 4:45 PM: Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he has no plans to allow school systems to shift to virtual learning, despite another COVID surge and calls from district leaders wanting flexibility to manage the public health crisis.
- Only 53% of education funding in Tennessee makes it into classrooms, new Beacon Center report
- > Aug 26, 4:42 PM: Education spending in Tennessee continues to increase year over year, but the amount of taxpayer dollars making it to the classroom hasn't, a new report out Wednesday concludes. Instead, it has decreased.
- Some Knox Co parents aren’t sending students back to public schools
- > Aug 26, 4:40 PM: The enrollment director with Sacred Heart Cathedral School told WVLT News it has had an eight percent increase since 2019 and added an extra class to just about each grade in 2021. She believed the COVID-19 response from
- Tennessee Using $14.4M of $64M COVID Education Funds Toward Charter Schools
- > Aug 23, 12:51 PM: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's long-held agenda to advance school choice options for families received a major monetary boost last year: nearly $64 million in discretionary pandemic education money, the Associated Press
- Shelby County parents sign petition to offer students virtual learning amid COVID crisis
- Aug 19, 4:44 PM: A petition to offer Shelby County School parents the option of sending their child to all-virtual school is growing by the day.
- Legislature ‘will not allow’ executive order on school masks to be defied by Nashville, Memphis
- > Aug 18, 12:53 PM: If the state's largest public school districts in Nashville and Memphis don't quickly comply with a Monday executive order upholding parental choice on student mask-wearing, a special legislative session could happen after
- Executive order gives Tennessee parents power to bypass masking in schools
- > Aug 17, 4:49 PM: Tennessee parents who don’t want their children to mask up in the classroom can opt out of mask mandates. Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order Monday, August 16, and now parents, politicians, and physicians are
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