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The state’s top educator is promising next year’s standardized testing will go more smoothly — and she’s making some changes to try to bring that about.

 

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday that the state is planning to strip testing vendor Questar of some of its responsibilities, following widespread outages that led many to question the validity of this year’s TNReady results.

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The Tennessee Board of Regents released data last week that attempts to answer the main question behind Tennessee Promise: Does giving away two years of free community college ultimately translate into more degrees? 

The answer, the data suggests, is yes. But the gains are a little more modest than officials were probably hoping for.

More: See the breakdown of Tennessee Promise data

 


Metro Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph said at a board meeting Tuesday that he won't balance the district's budget shortfall by cutting teachers or funds for students. That's despite the fact that Metro Schools needs to slash $17 million from next year's budget.

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The problems with this year’s state assessment test have inspired widespread criticism, especially among Tennessee lawmakers. The 2018 version of TNReady has included an alleged cyberattack, a dump truck backing over a fiber-optic line and would-be test takers staring at blank screens.  

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Metro Schools superintendent Shawn Joseph was asked to defend his decision to cut the reading recovery program during his public budget hearing Wednesday with Mayor David Briley. The literacy initiative costs more than $7 million a year, employing 83 reading specialists to work with small groups of struggling readers.

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Sewanee has decided to revoke one of its honorary degrees — a first for the Episcopal school. 

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The Tennessee Legislature has revived debate over granting in-state tuition to undocumented students. On Tuesday afternoon, a House subcommittee took the first action for the year, approving a bill which would allow all students who spend at least three years in a Tennessee high school to pay in-state rates at public colleges, regardless of their immigration status.

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Some parents are protesting Metro School's decision to charge a fee for pre-kindergarten at locations that until now have been free. But Metro says for the quality of their program, public pre-K is still a good deal.

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Sewanee professors want the university to rescind an honorary degree given to veteran journalist Charlie Rose two years ago.

At a faculty senate meeting Monday, the group unanimously approved an "advisory motion" that says they want to see Rose's honors revoked immediately, according to a letter sent by Sewanee's president. That will now be passed along to the school's board of regents for consideration.

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Professors in Sewanee's School of Theology have entered the debate over whether the university should revoke an honorary degree that it gave to broadcast journalist Charlie Rose in 2016.

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