Metro Nashville Public grade and middle schools are starting a new initiative this year to identify students that are struggling to keep up with math, reading and writing.
A group led by one of the conservative Koch brothers, increasingly scorned by liberals nationally as they extend their influence, is hosting an education forum in Nashville next week focused on school choice and opportunities for parents.
Three schools that the Shelby County Schools board voted to close may get new lives after proposed agreements with a number of charter schools.
Before the Achievement School District, before Tennessee allowed charter schools, before Memphis became “Teacher Town,” there were the Catholic Diocese of Memphis’ Jubilee Schools.
Calling for unity in Nashville’s public education sphere at a time when it has never been more polarized, Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register said “enough is enough” with division surrounding its most debated area: charter schools.
There were the more than 50 superintendents who signed a letter criticizing his leadership last fall. Next came teachers’ unions issuing “no confidence” votes. Most recently, 15 Republican lawmakers called for his resignation.
Tennessee’s latest round of results on end-of-year standardized tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.
The Tennessee State Board of Education cut ties Monday with a highly controversial policy that would have allowed poor student growth on tests to be a reason to pull teachers’ professional licenses.
Tennessee has removed itself from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium aligned to the Common Core national education standards, joining the ranks of 18 other states pushing back against Common Core.
Changes could be coming to the process teachers navigate to renew their work licenses in Tennessee, including easier routes for those who perform well on annual evaluations.