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April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee’s voucher proposal excludes undocumented students, making it vulnerable to legal challenge
Gov. Bill Lee and the GOP-controlled legislature stick with language that would require checking families’ immigration status to receive education savings accounts.
The right stuff
November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
November 6, 2018
Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.
Now that he's elected, Lee must transition to a new administration and work with a public school system serving a million students.
October 23, 2018
Meet a new class of Tennesseans of color who are tackling issues of education equity
“Leaders of color must play an integral role in the K-12 education ecosystem in Tennessee, both to better reflect the communities served by our public schools, but to also bring an essential mix of experience and insights."
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
All-clear on ESSA
August 31, 2017
Tennessee and feds strike a balance in how to track historically underserved students
The change enables the state to intervene when any racial group of students fall far behind their peers.
July 31, 2017
Tennessee education group campaigns against new threats to DACA and undocumented immigrants
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition urges U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to show national leadership in the DACA debate as new threats emerge.
December 6, 2016
New network launches to highlight policies impacting Tennessee’s immigrant students
Tennessee’s growing immigrant population spawns a network for educators, parents and advocates of students who are learning to speak English.
After the election
November 11, 2016
Inside one Nashville afterschool program, homework and deportation questions happen side by side
All semester, sprinkled amid homework, computer games, and arts and crafts, Nashville students shared anxiety induced by Trump’s campaign promises to limit immigration.
ESSA and Equity
August 4, 2016
Here’s how advocates for students of color want Tennessee to change its education rules
ESSA could offer a pivotal moment for students of color in Tennessee, depending on how the law is implemented.
June 30, 2016
Here are the players helping to draft Tennessee’s transition plan to the new federal education law
An array of educators, researchers and advocates will help the State Department of Education plan for a new era in education dictated by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 29, 2016
New federal education law’s impact on students of color highlighted in Tennessee meeting with John King
U.S. Secretary of Education John King met with members of the Tennessee Education Equity Coalition on Tuesday for a discussion about the new federal education law.
April 26, 2016
For these undocumented immigrant students, Tennessee’s failed in-state tuition bill was personal
In January, six immigrant students, some of them undocumented, gathered after school in an empty classroom at Nashville’s Glencliff High School to snack on Doritos…
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