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The RTI2 (or "RTI-squared") model divides students into three "tiers." Credit:

In Tenn. Schools, A New Attempt To Help Struggling Students Without Special Ed

July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s called Response to Intervention and Instruction, or RTI2 for short, and it’s part of a statewide effort to help students catch up earlier. Elementary schools already have a similar model in place, but it could be challenging for high schools to implement it.

Governor Bill Haslam swears in Kevin Huffman as education commissioner in April 2011. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Haslam Keeps Backing ‘Controversial’ Ed Chief While Pledging To Hear Out Critics

June 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won’t be firing his education commissioner, despite the chorus of conservative legislators asking him to in a letter last week. But his endorsement of Kevin Huffman has lost some spark after a year of high-profile complaints.

Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

April 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says the push for a private school voucher plan should be discontinued for the year, now that most committees have closed up shop.

Lawmakers on Board with Tying Welfare to Report Cards

Lawmakers on Board with Tying Welfare to Report Cards

April 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

A hot-button proposal in the state legislature would link some welfare benefits with the report cards of their children. It finally began moving forward in the state House Wednesday and is scheduled for a vote in the full senate Thursday morning.

Voucher Plan Spiked

Voucher Plan Spiked

April 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Governor Bill Haslam has sacrificed his own bid to start a school voucher program in Tennessee. He had been threatening to pull his proposal if anyone tried to tinker with it.

State of the State: Education

State of the State: Education

January 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Governor Bill Haslam devoted roughly a third of this year’s State of the State to education, and he wasn’t just talking about children. But the speech did not flesh out any details of how a school voucher program would work in Tennessee.

Sumner Ed Tax Splits School Mothers

Sumner Ed Tax Splits School Mothers

October 31, 2012 at 5:28 am

Proposed taxes are drawing voters to the polls in several Tennessee counties, including Sumner, where a budget battle delayed the start of school by nearly two weeks. A $25 increase in car registrations is splitting voters who consider themselves conservative.

Public School Library Renovated With Single Donation

Public School Library Renovated With Single Donation

August 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

A public high school in Nashville has opened the doors of a newly renovated library funded by a single donation. The $500 thousand gift represents something Mayor Karl Dean hopes becomes more commonplace.

Kudos and Warnings for Tennessee Schools

July 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Tennessee education officials are praising twenty-one school systems for “exemplary” results in the last academic year. At the same time, they’re sending warnings to more than a third of the state’s school districts. The message: standardized test scores aren’t improving fast enough for at least some of your students.

Review of Teacher Evaluation System Unlikely to Surprise: Huffman

May 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

A review of the Tennessee’s controversial new system for evaluating teachers is due out in the next couple of weeks. The state’s top education official doubts it will bring many surprises.

End Of Course Score Delay Affects Graduates

May 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

High school graduations in Nashville begin tomorrow, but some of the diplomas handed out will just be empty placeholders.

House Gives Schools Leeway to Let 4-Year-Olds Start Kindergarten

April 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thousands of Tennessee parents may be affected by a proposal to require their children to turn five a month earlier in order to start kindergarten. But the measure also includes a “maturity” test that would allow four-year-olds to enroll.

Senate OKs Automatic High School Teaching Ticket for College Instructors

April 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

The State Senate Monday night passed a bill that would allow any college instructor to receive a license to teach his subject in high schools with no additional educational training.

House Completes Action on ‘Question Evolution’ Bill

March 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

A bill to allow more questioning of scientific theories in the name of “critical thinking” got the final vote of approval from the state House of Representatives last night.

SCORE says Teacher Training Needs to Better  Match Teacher Expectations

SCORE says Teacher Training Needs to Better Match Teacher Expectations

March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

The group charged with reviewing Tennessee’s teacher evaluation process says the state needs to do more to help educators improve. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, says more intensive skill-building programs should be a top priority this year.

Senate Passes Latest Version of Bill Questioning Evolution

March 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

The Tennessee State Senate passed an amended version of a bill that opens classrooms to debate that questions established scientific theories.

Acclaimed Charter School Leader Coming to Nashville

January 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

A charter school director from California wants to start a network of new schools in Nashville.

ACT Scores Not Rising Fast Enough For Chamber

December 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Business leaders say it’s time for Metro Schools to pick up the pace, particularly when it comes to the ACT college entrance exam.

“Core Services” In Schools Funded With Non-recurring Money

November 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Several times during a budget hearing Tuesday, Tennessee’s Education Commissioner came back to the point that one-time funds are paying for ongoing needs. The programs in question provide what he considers “core services.”

Health And Wellness Task Force to Follow Education Model

October 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Tennessee consistently ranks near the bottom of the nation in both the health of the state’s residents and educational achievements. In the last few years, state leaders have changed the way schools work, in hopes of getting better results. Now, Governor Bill Haslam wants to take a similar approach to health care.