The Republican lawmaker who has been behind bills that would allow school vouchers in Tennessee believes the makeup of the new 110th General Assembly could lead to the passage of long-stalled legislation.
The schools will participate in a program that allows parents of students with disabilities to receive public money for private services such as home-schooling, private school tuition and tutoring. Leaders for the schools met the Nov. 1 application deadline for the program, which was created by a 2014 state law called the Individualized Education Act (IEA).
A local federal judge’s ruling that students with disabilities should not be segregated out of general education classrooms because they’re not keeping pace with their peers is receiving pushback from the Hamilton County Department of Education.
Six months after state officials called out Shelby County Schools for its hastened closure of three charter schools in Memphis, the district is moving toward new guidelines that would significantly slow the process.
The Tennessee State Board of Education will oversee a charter school in Memphis for the first time next year after Green Dot Public Schools and Shelby County Schools failed to reconcile their differences by a Monday deadline.
The state board has been allowed to overhear charter school appeals since a law was enacted in 2014 as a reaction to Metro Nashville Public Schools’ 2012 decision to deny Great Hearts Academies charter school despite the state board’s order the district approve the school.
Tennessee is joining 18 other states recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to offering free online educational resources in schools, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Thursday.
Georgia voters soundly rejected a proposal to create their own version of Tennessee’s school-turnaround district this week. But the leader of Tennessee’s effort said Wednesday that the vote shouldn’t be the final word there on creating alternatives for failing public schools.
Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that teachers can expect another salary increase next school year as part of his administration’s pledge to make Tennessee the nation’s fastest-improving state when it comes to teacher pay.
After two months of hammering out ways to shore up the relationship between Shelby County Schools and its charter schools, a special panel is recommending that operators pay the district an annual fee to fund their oversight in Memphis.