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September 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
Updated August 23, 2019
Tennessee replaces its voucher-friendly House speaker with a voucher opponent
Rep. Cameron Sexton, a Republican from Crossville, is overwhelmingly elected as the chamber's top leader.
Updated May 22, 2019
Tennessee texting scandal broke too late to derail education voucher legislation
The scandal involving House Speaker Glen Casada emerged after the Republican leader already had helped to pass the controversial voucher bill.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
A tale of two bills
February 1, 2017
One is not like the other: Memphis is the difference in competing school voucher bills
Voucher opponents and advocates alike bristle at a proposal that would only apply to Memphis.
January 25, 2017
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is about to become one of only two state boards in the nation to double as a local school district.
behind the scenes
November 30, 2016
Trump’s nominee for ed chief already has influenced Tennessee’s voucher debate
This election cycle alone, advocacy groups founded and led by Betsy DeVos helped to oust at least one outspoken voucher opponent in Tennessee’s House of Representatives.
August 4, 2016
Incumbents defeat challengers in local, state races tied to education in Memphis
The school board for Shelby County Schools will stay intact, while incumbents in three key state legislative primary races also score wins.
August 1, 2016
Here are three state House races in Memphis where education groups are spending money
At least six candidates running in contested races for the Tennessee House of Representatives are attracting money from groups and individuals with education policy goals.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
until next year
December 23, 2015
Advocacy groups counter mounting criticism of ASD with year-end rallies
Two Memphis organizations push back against heightened opposition to the state-run turnaround school district.
November 11, 2015
Dueling protests over Raleigh Egypt Middle School’s future raise questions about how much progress is enough
Demonstrators disagree on whether Raleigh Egypt Middle's growth should exempt it from ASD intervention.
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