Post Tagged with: "Education"

Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

by / on April 4, 2013

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.

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Lawmakers on Board with Tying Welfare to Report Cards

Lawmakers on Board with Tying Welfare to Report Cards

by / on April 3, 2013

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.

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Voucher Plan Spiked

Voucher Plan Spiked

by / on April 3, 2013

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.

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State of the State: Education

State of the State: Education

by / on January 28, 2013

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.

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Sumner Ed Tax Splits School Mothers

Sumner Ed Tax Splits School Mothers

by / on October 31, 2012

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.

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Public School Library Renovated With Single Donation

Public School Library Renovated With Single Donation

by / on August 8, 2012

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.

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Kudos and Warnings for Tennessee Schools

by / on July 30, 2012

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.

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Review of Teacher Evaluation System Unlikely to Surprise: Huffman

by / on May 21, 2012

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.

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End Of Course Score Delay Affects Graduates

by / on May 16, 2012

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

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

by / on April 25, 2012

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.

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Senate OKs Automatic High School Teaching Ticket for College Instructors

by / on April 2, 2012

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.

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House Completes Action on ‘Question Evolution’ Bill

by / on March 26, 2012

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.

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SCORE says Teacher Training Needs to Better  Match Teacher Expectations

SCORE says Teacher Training Needs to Better Match Teacher Expectations

by / on March 20, 2012

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.

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Senate Passes Latest Version of Bill Questioning Evolution

by / on March 19, 2012

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

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Acclaimed Charter School Leader Coming to Nashville

by / on January 25, 2012

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

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ACT Scores Not Rising Fast Enough For Chamber

by / on December 20, 2011

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

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

by / on November 22, 2011

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.”

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Health And Wellness Task Force to Follow Education Model

by / on October 24, 2011

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.

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“Music Makes Us” to Roll Out in Metro Schools

“Music Makes Us” to Roll Out in Metro Schools

by / on September 16, 2011

Part of living up to the Music City monicker is making sure music education in Nashville schools is top notch. That’s the message today from city leaders announcing a new plan to expand school music programs to include training that lines up with what happens in places like Music Row.

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Metro Schools Tally of Struggling Schools Rises

Metro Schools Tally of Struggling Schools Rises

by / on August 1, 2011

The number of Metro schools in trouble under No Child Left Behind has shot up from 32 to 55. But district officials say the test data shows plenty to be happy about.

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