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A 'big risk, big reward' strategy for Memphis' oldest charter schools
Dec 6, 6:17 AM: A brand new teacher, Antonio Burt arrived from Alabama to Memphis for his first job. It was a new city, and he didn’t know anyone in town. He’d been assigned to Cypress Middle School in North Memphis, a school community he >
Charter school organizers seek to open Rutherford Collegiate Prep
Dec 3, 10:01 AM: The creators of Rutherford Collegiate Prep, a public charter school seeking state approval, to operate in northwest Rutherford County, believe local families deserve education options.
‘If we don’t redo the funding, a formula is just a formula’: Tennessee gets feedback on the future of school funding
Dec 1, 7:12 AM:

Throughout the fall, education officials have been asking for feedback on how to revamp the formula used to generate and distribute school dollars.

Tennessee high school graduation rates down for second consecutive year
Nov 30, 6:47 AM: High school graduation rates are down in Tennessee for the second year in a row. New data from the Department of Education shows 88.7% of seniors graduated on time in the 2020-2021 school year, down from 89.6% the prior >
'They deserve it': Some TN educators get pandemic bonuses, amounts vary across districts
Nov 24, 8:31 AM: The pandemic has put a strain on teachers no one could have anticipated just two years ago. Now, they're continuing to mitigate the learning losses many of their students face due to extended absences or other COVID >
Nashville school board adds 5th grade to three charters but not before debate devolves into chaos and acrimony
Nov 24, 8:12 AM: An effort on Tuesday to add fifth grade at three charter schools, in alignment with Metro Nashville Public Schools' own initiative, devolved into chaos and...
Knox County Schools will not ask parents about their interest in learning cottages
Nov 11, 9:21 AM: At least for now, Knox County Schools will not use "learning cottages" as a way to convince a federal judge to drop the mask mandate he imposed on the district.
Charter schools, parent choice touted during education forum hosted by former Gov. Haslam
Nov 10, 9:47 AM: For many parents from low-income, underserved communities, charter schools often seem like the only option when their children fail to thrive in their traditional neighborhood public school, some parents from across >
Changing How We Fund Our Schools
Oct 29, 6:15 AM: Tennessee, like most states, has wrestled with how to fund public education, especially in a quickly shifting education landscape. The Tennessee Constitution recognizes “the inherent value of education,” and the General >
People inside Tennessee education funding reform process: 'It's not about vouchers at all'
Oct 25, 6:17 AM: As Tennessee starts the process of reforming education funding, some parents and school leaders fear shifting funds to private schools could be part of the plan, but the people working inside the process say that isn’t the >
Tennessee charter schools 'optimistic' about BEP review
Oct 20, 7:36 AM: Tennessee’s charter schools are eager to see what comes of the state’s review of its education funding formula, which could mean a more supportive funding model if Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn’s suggestion of a >
Another charter school is coming to West Nashville, after the new state commission voted in favor Tuesday
Oct 13, 8:25 AM: Nashville Classical’s K-8 flagship school is located in East Nashville. Over the years, it’s become one of the most popular and top-performing schools in the city.
Tennessee leaders to review education funding formula
Oct 11, 10:57 AM: Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Friday announced plans to review how the state funds its multibillion dollar K-12 education system.
Charter school appeals to go before new Tennessee commission for the first time
Oct 6, 9:15 AM: The leader of Tennessee’s new charter school commission is recommending the state overturn a Nashville school board decision that is preventing a successful charter operator from opening a second Nashville campus. >
“I feel like the public schools have let us down.”
Sep 23, 8:49 AM: Few school options for kids with disabilities during COVID add stress for parents
Editorial: Virtual learning simply did not work
Sep 16, 9:26 AM: Most, we believe, would agree that the phrase “virtual learning” is an oxymoron. For some students it works because they have the rare discipline to sit uninterrupted in front of a screen throughout the day; or a parent >
Seven schools, including three in Memphis, exit Tennessee’s toughest school improvement list
Sep 15, 9:46 AM: Seven of 79 Tennessee schools flagged for poor academic performance in 2018 dropped off the state’s “priority list” of bottom-performing schools this year when the Tennessee Department of Education unveiled its 2020-21 >
Tennessee education commissioner stands by ban on districtwide virtual learning as a pandemic respon
Sep 13, 10:47 AM: Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says her department will continue its remote learning waiver program, which allows some classrooms or schools to switch to virtual learning to fight the spread of COVID-19 — >
Majority of Tennesseans believe public education is on the track
Sep 8, 2:56 PM: And only 34% of those surveyed said that public education in Tennessee “is moving in the right direction.” The poll found 66% believe it's on the wrong track.
Memphians demand district create more virtual learning options to stop the COVID spread in schools
Sep 2, 11:38 AM: Four weeks into the school year, a growing chorus of Memphis parents are pressing Shelby County Schools to be more aggressive in creating a virtual learning option as safety concerns mount amid a surge in community COVID >



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