Except for ousting one fierce voucher advocate, Tennessee voters stick with their legislature

While nobody expected a sea change in Tennessee’s GOP-dominated legislature, this year’s election mostly disappointed Democrats’ hopes of increasing their influence on big issues like education. Republicans will comfortably keep control of the House and Senate as lawmakers are expected to revisit teacher pay, literacy, and other education matters that were abruptly paused when the […]

Read More

Tennessee lawmakers want answers from Schwinn after fallout over plan to conduct child ‘well-being checks’

When Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn unveiled her plan this month to use $1 million in federal funds to support “well-being checks” on Tennessee children, the goal was to make sure kids were safe, fed, and healthy, despite schooling disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Within days, Schwinn walked back her plan and apologized to state […]

Read More