Tennessee
Legislation
Law ending automatic dues withdrawals for Tennessee educators to start after ruling

(The Center Square) – A law ending the practice of having professional organization dues directly withdrawn from K-12 educator paychecks in Tennessee will be allowed to go into effect. A… Read More

August 2, 2023
Public Education
Hillsdale-affiliated charter school fights back against Tennessee school board’s ‘lack of integrity’  

A struggling public school district in Tennessee has nonetheless rejected the application of a Hillsdale-affiliated charter school – but the education reformers are fighting back.   American Classical Education (ACE) is… Read More

July 28, 2023
Courts
Teachers union sues red state over law that prohibits teaching of critical race theory

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – The Tennessee Education Association (TEA), along with several teachers, filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and members of the State Board of… Read More

July 27, 2023
Courts
High school student sues Tennessee school district and officials for a suspension over off-campus social media posts

A Tennessee high school student is suing his school district and administrator after being suspended for posting sardonic memes about the principal on social media. “This case is about a… Read More

July 27, 2023
Legislation
Tennessee approves 7,800 appeals of third-grade reading retention law

(The Center Square) – More than 86% of the appeals filed related to Tennessee’s third-grade retention law succeeded and the student will advance to fourth grade in the first year… Read More

July 21, 2023
Public Education
A Tennessee public school district is giving students credit for religious courses

A Tennessee public school district has approved a policy allowing high school students to receive graduation credit for religious classes taken outside of school. The board of Knox County Schools… Read More

July 17, 2023
Public Education
Poll: Tennessee residents support expanding K-12 ESA voucher program

(The Center Square) – Tennessee residents support expanding the state’s educational savings account program to the rest of the state, according to a new wide-ranging poll from Beacon Center. The… Read More

July 6, 2023
Public Education
Tennessee governor announces applications open for $200M in school safety funds

The Tennessee governor Wednesday announced nearly $200 million in grants to bolster security at the state’s schools. “Nothing is more important than making sure Tennessee students and teachers return home… Read More

June 22, 2023
Courts
Teachers’ union files suit over new Tennessee law blocking automatic dues withdrawals

(The Center Square) – The Tennessee Education Association has filed a lawsuit over a law that eliminates the option for automatic payroll dues deductions for its public employee members. Tennessee… Read More

June 15, 2023
Public Education
Tennessee public school officials apologize after teacher forcibly took cross necklace from student

A middle school teacher in Tennessee has apologized for forcibly taking a cross necklace from a student during a book fair. The child was said to be confused and embarrassed… Read More

June 13, 2023
Public Education
Most Tennessee districts report little improvement after 3rd grade test retake

(The Center Square) – The majority of Tennessee school districts saw less than 25% of the students who re-took the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program third-grade reading test advanced to a… Read More

June 9, 2023
Culture
State legislatures battle over parental rights, gender procedures

(The Center Square) – State legislatures across the country this year have debated parental rights in reproductive care and gender-related procedures for children. Democratic state lawmakers have sought to protect… Read More

May 30, 2023
Public Education
60% of Tennessee third-graders did not meeting reading result expectations

(The Center Square) – Sixty percent of Tennessee third-graders did not meet the reading score requirement on the Tennessee Comprehensive Academic Program to qualify to advance to fourth grade without… Read More

May 24, 2023
Public Education
Previously assaulted teacher gets peppered sprayed as U.S. school violence spreads

A teacher who was previously assaulted at school was pepper sprayed by a student in Tennessee, part of a growing trend of violence in public schools. The pepper… Read More

May 9, 2023
Legislation
TN Gov. Lee signs Tennessee ESA voucher expansion to Chattanooga area

(The Center Square) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill into law on Friday that expands the state’s pilot educational savings account program to Hamilton County, which includes the… Read More

May 8, 2023
Legislation
Tennessee education will be led by new school choice advocate

(The Center Square) – As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee prepares to finalize a decision to sign legislation to expand the state’s educational savings account program, the state is about to… Read More

May 5, 2023
Legislation
Tennessee Legislature approves ESA expansion after Knox County removed

(The Center Square) – Tennessee’s educational savings account pilot expansion will now include just Hamilton County after a discrepancy between the state’s House and Senate led to the removal of… Read More

April 24, 2023
Public Education
Tennessee House passes teacher pay raise, stops TEA dues collection

(The Center Square) – The Tennessee House approved a bill Wednesday to increase the base teacher salary to $50,000 in the state by the 2026-27 school year. The bill also… Read More

April 20, 2023
Legislation
Tennessee House passes bill to add Hamilton, Knox counties to ESA voucher pilot

(The Center Square) – A bill to add Hamilton and Knox counties to Tennessee’s education savings account program passed the Tennessee House on Wednesday and will now head back to… Read More

April 19, 2023
Legislation
Four states advance bills prohibiting union dues deductions

Four states have advanced Republican-sponsored bills prohibiting union dues deductions for certain public-sector employees. Here’s what those bills say and where they stand. Arkansas Arkansas lawmakers delivered Senate Bill 473 to… Read More

April 19, 2023