Republicans running for governor want to get rid of restrictions on how many charter schools Tennessee can have, and who can enroll in them. Democratic candidates have called for a more cautious approach, saying the state shouldn’t expand charters further until it knows more about their effects.Read more ›
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Metro Schools is taking proposals for converting one of its middle schools to a charter. That’s after Cameron Middle failed to score well enough on standardized tests for several years.Read more ›
Tennessee saw a surge in applications to set up charter schools over the last year, after the state legislature eased restrictions on how such schools can recruit students.
But the law hasn’t made it any easier to get permission to start a charter. And attracting nationally reputed charters to Tennessee remains a slow process.
State education officials announced their first steps to overhaul Tennessee’s most underperforming schools Wednesday and the actions are far less dramatic than originally conceived.Read more ›
Governor Phil Bredesen says he’s confident the programs proposed in the state’s Race to the Top application will be supported by his successor, if the state wins the massive federal education grant.Read more ›
The Obama Administration is having success reforming education through its bully pulpit. States are positioning for piles of federal grant money from a program dubbed “Race to the Top.” Governor Phil Bredesen has even scheduled a special session next month. But a Vanderbilt researcher questions the Obama Administration’s direction.Read more ›
A new charter school incubator is set to open in Nashville. The program will first focus on training principals who want to open schools in Davidson County. After that, it then plans to expand to working with charter school applicants across the state.
The Metro School Board denied all applications for new charter schools at last night’s board meeting.
Tennessee Republican Phil Roe is looking for ways to get high-quality teachers in low-performing schools.
One of Metro Nashville’s brand new charter schools will go before the school board next week to explain why its violating its agreement with the district.
Nashville’s LEAD academy is poised to serve as a model to other schools as it becomes the city’s first charter high school next fall.Read more ›
Metro Schools director Jesse Register appointed a former board member Tuesday to oversee the district’s growing number of charter schools.Read more ›