Koch Group Hosting Education Forum on School Choice

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.

Will Vouchers be Approved in Tennessee This Year?

Before the Achievement School District, before Tennessee allowed charter schools, before Memphis became “Teacher Town,” there were the Catholic Diocese of Memphis’ Jubilee Schools.

Nashville Super Calls for End of District vs. Charter

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.

Petition Created in Support of TN Ed Chief’s Leadership

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 Test Scores Flatten for Grades 3-8

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.

Tennessee Changes Policy on Teacher Licenses

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 Quits Common Core Aligned Test

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.

Nashville Approves Five New Charter Schools

Five new charter schools received the green light from the Metro school board Tuesday, overcoming cost concerns of some members and continuing Nashville’s steady growth of a model that has been the source of contentious debate here.

Nashville Recommends Five New Charter Schools

Five out of eight applications for new charter schools in Nashville earned a recommendation for approval by Metro Nashville Public Schools — including a proposal from the nation’s largest charter network to take over a struggling elementary school.