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MacKenzie Scott gives Memphis Lift $1.5 million to open a parent resource center
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Mar 29, 6:19 AM: Memphis Lift, a parent advocacy group, will open a new parent resource center thanks to a $1.5 million grant from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
Metro school board members debate new policy on state oversight of charter schools
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Mar 23, 6:10 AM: Changes proposed to the board's policy around charter school applications would waive the board's right to "exercise its legal option" to become an authorizer of such a school, according to district documents. >
Charter schools bill rises from ashes in effort to open doors
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Mar 17, 8:40 AM: Legislation designed to shift “under-utilized” public school buildings to charter schools looked like it was dead this week but then resurfaced the same day, drawing a rebuke from a subcommittee chairman. >
Tennessee Bill to bypass local decisions on charter schools on pause in the House
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Mar 16, 9:11 AM: Legislation that would have allowed the Tennessee Charter School Commission to bypass local school boards is on pause after running into trouble in the House.
Cepicky: The future of Tennessee’s education system is up to the General Assembly
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Mar 15, 9:17 AM: During the meeting, some parents questioned Cepicky about bringing more charter schools to Tennessee as a way to increase achievement. However, Cepicky said fixing achievement in public K-12 education needs to be the >
Rocketship broke ground in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress on the site.
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Mar 14, 8:40 AM: Members of the Rocketship community gathered at the muddy construction site Wednesday on 5400 Mt. View Road to celebrate the site’s topping out. The COVID-19 pandemic had delayed plans for the school, which broke ground in >
Bill To Resurrect Tennessee School Vouchers Dies In Legislative Committee
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Mar 11, 6:48 AM: A House subcommittee has narrowly killed a bill that could have revived Tennessee’s controversial school voucher program regardless of how the state’s highest court rules this year on the state’s overturned school voucher >
Find common ground on charter schools and serve Tennessee children and families | Opinion
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Mar 10, 9:56 AM: Every morning, more than 14,000 children walk through the doors of a Nashville public charter school. Our students are musicians, mathematicians and athletes. Our parents are your neighbors, co-workers and friends. Our >
Gov. Lee defends charter school expansion plans, relationship with Hillsdale College
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Mar 10, 9:10 AM: After some bi-partisan pushback, Gov. Bill Lee is defending his plan to expand charter schools and his administration’s relationship with Hillsdale College.
For-profit charter schools again push change in law, eye Memphis, Nashville and other cities
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Mar 7, 8:14 AM: National Heritage Academies, a Grand Rapids charter school management company, supports a bill to allow for-profit charter school operators.
How charter schools are once again at the forefront of TN's ed debate
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Mar 4, 9:31 AM: For the first time since the state's first charter schools opened in Memphis and Nashville in 2003, Tennessee is in the middle of a major change in how they open, operate and locate.
Metro group shares concerns over Gov. Lee's planned charter school partnership
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Mar 3, 8:50 AM: A soon-to-be charter school partnership between Tennessee and a private Christian college has some Metro parents excited and others expressing their concerns.
Nashville Parent Advocate Sonya Thomas Asks ‘What Has Changed?’
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Mar 3, 6:41 AM: Nothing has changed. You would think that a pandemic would bring about a sense of urgency. We’re talking about decades of educational inequities, and what I’m seeing is that the system itself is not changing. It has >
ACLU to Gov. Bill Lee: Release records on Hillsdale charter schools
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Mar 2, 9:27 AM: The ACLU of Tennessee has requested that the state of Tennessee release all records regarding its announced charter school partnership with Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Tennessee Supreme Court grills attorneys in second hearing on Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program
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Feb 25, 9:24 AM: The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday reheard arguments over Gov. Bill Lee's contentious school voucher program, hours before he announced a new statewide education funding plan that could shift the way the state thinks >
Gov. Bill Lee unveils new school funding formula aimed at focusing money directly on students
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Feb 25, 9:01 AM: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and his education commissioner unveiled a sweeping new plan Thursday for how to pay for public education in the state, detailing for the first time a proposal that puts the funding focus more >
State Supreme Court to hear school vouchers case a second time
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Feb 24, 8:26 AM: Attorneys for Metro Nashville government and the State of Tennessee will again face off before the Tennessee Supreme Court over a controversial initiative of Gov. Bill Lee that would provide state-funded scholarships for >
A bill to bypass local school boards on charter decisions passes Tennessee Senate committee
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Feb 24, 7:19 AM: A bill allowing charter schools to bypass the local approval process passed a key Senate committee Wednesday amid a renewed round of contentious debates around charter school expansion in Tennessee.
Tennessee considers new path for charter schools to open without local district input
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Feb 23, 9:13 AM: Key Republicans in the state legislature are looking to make it even easier for charter schools to expand by allowing them to bypass the local approval process.
Tennessee bill speeding up application process for charter schools has school board member worried
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Feb 16, 8:49 AM: As legislators in Nashville debate a bill that makes for easier creation of charter schools, a Johnson City Board of Education member is worried about what more charter schools could mean for public education funding. >

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