Governor Bill Haslam is trying to show public opinion is on his side when it comes to Common Core, even if the legislature is turning against him.
Legislative wrangling over the Common Core educational standards ramped up a notch Tuesday morning, with state lawmakers weighing a bill to back Tennessee out altogether from the grade-level benchmarks adopted by dozens of states.
State lawmakers showed no sign of letting up Monday night on new educational standards they’ve been taking pot shots at, known as the Common Core. Senators passed a bill aimed at concerns over the use of student data, while tensions mounted more broadly over the new educational benchmarks.
Governor Bill Haslam is starting to compromise on his administration’s proposal to pay the full tuition for anyone going to community college.
In a sea change on illegal immigration, Tennessee's largely Republican legislature could allow in-state tuition rates for students whose families came to the U.S. without documentation.
Tennessee school children may soon be required to learn cursive, which has never been mandated. A family from Columbia is responsible for making handwriting a legislative issue.
The surprise move would not change benchmarks already in place in math and language-arts, but it would set back a new standardized test currently set to start next year.
A bill paving the way for investor-owned companies to run charter schools in Tennessee passed at the end of a nearly six-hour committee meeting Wednesday night. Weary members of the Senate Education panel voted six to three, sending the proposal on to the full Senate.
Last night House lawmakers stopped short of a vote to undo the Common Core educational standards, instead passing a less sweeping bill. But some are still hoping for a head-on confrontation with the grade-level benchmarks, which almost every state has adopted.
An algebra teacher in Knoxville has filed a lawsuit against the use of student improvement data in pay decisions. The Tennessee Education Association says it’s just the first of many legal challenges in the works.
Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner has a new stump speech. Within it, he says he figured critics would quiet down after results of a national test showed Tennessee making bigger gains than any other state. They haven't.
A school vouchers proposal that moved ahead Wednesday in the state legislature may affect some rural districts in addition to Tennessee’s cities. A voucher program would help students in failing public schools pay for private tuition instead.
Plans to relocate two Nashville college campuses have fallen apart. Welch College blames the neighbors on West End. Aquinas says it simply changed its mind.
Nashville’s public schools are backing away from a proposal to pay teachers for how they perform in new evaluations and how well their students do on standardized tests. Performance pay is being put off, according to an email sent to teachers:
Two proposals in the state legislature are testing how far Tennessee Republicans are willing to go in cases involving undocumented immigrants, when it comes to charging in-state tuition to public universities.
The prospects seemed to dim somewhat Tuesday for several proposals meant to slow Tennessee’s path toward Common Core school standards and the new standardized test that comes with them. Many of the bills were not killed outright, but they may not got another hearing until late in the legislative session.
In the education world, friction has developed between teachers who come to the profession the old fashioned way and the increasing number who enter through a side door, particularly Teach for America. The rub is particularly glaring at Vanderbilt University.
The state senator tasked with passing Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher proposal says he’s not in negotiations with a lawmaker pushing for a more expansive version. Any voucher program would divert state education dollars to help poor families afford tuition at private schools.
Supporters of for-profit charter schools are trying to avoid using those words. Debate in the state legislature has gotten hung up on semantics.
One of the outstanding questions on Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to offer free community college is whether the financing will really work. That’s even a question to the state’s top money-man, Treasurer David Lillard.