Articles written by: Blake Farmer

Four members of the Metro Schools board of education are running for re-election and three of them are refusing to attend a candidate forum organized by Project Renaissance. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN (file photo)
Audio / Charter Schools / Tennessee

Charter School Debate Re-Ignites Ahead Of Nashville School Board Candidate Forum

A school board candidate forum planned for Thursday night has become another flash point over Nashville’s charter schools. Three sitting board members have refused to participate, questioning the organizer’s motives.

Governor Bill Haslam's counseling program, dubbed "Advise TN," is part of the Drive to 55, which is a long-term effort to make sure that 55 percent of Tennesseans have some kind of post-secondary degree. Credit: TN Press Services.
Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee High Schools Must Prove ‘College-Going’ Culture To Get Counseling Help

Tennessee is launching an intensive college counseling program in 30 public high schools this fall. But officials haven’t yet said which schools will get the extra help.

Campuses like Middle Tennessee State University will soon allow employees to carry a firearm if they have a state-issued permit. Credit: Lauren Frederick.
Audio / Tennessee

University Employees Can Soon Go Armed In Tennessee, After Governor Allows Bill To Become Law

Guns will be allowed on the campuses of public colleges in Tennessee starting July 1. A bill that allows employees with a carry permit to go armed on campus became law without the signature of Gov. Bill Haslam, who was pressured to veto the legislation.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen at her appointment to the position. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Audio / Tennessee / Testing

Tennessee Dumps Testing Vendor, Makes This Year’s TNReady Exams Optional

Tennessee students may not have to take the second part of their year-end exams after all. Following multiple delays in receiving test materials, the state is cutting ties with testing vendor Measurement Inc. The company has been blamed for the bulk of glitches and delays in the first year of TNReady.

Reading has been a sore spot for Tennessee in recent years, even as students make gains in math and science. Credit: U.S. Department of Education.
Audio / Tennessee

National Test Results Show Tennessee’s Reading Problem Is Real

National test results released Wednesday “put an exclamation point” on Tennessee’s reading troubles, according to Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.

Legislators Fear Tennessee Students Can’t Type Fast Enough For New State Test
Audio / Tennessee

Legislators Fear Tennessee Students Can’t Type Fast Enough For New State Test

Some Tennessee lawmakers worry young students won’t be ready to type out all their answers on the state’s new standardized test, known as TNReady.

Why The Latest Flap Between School Board Member And Nashville Charter Is About More Than A Book
Charter Schools / Tennessee

Why The Latest Flap Between School Board Member And Nashville Charter Is About More Than A Book

What appears to be a battle over an inappropriate book is really the latest skirmish in Nashville’s running feud over privately-operated, publicly-funded charter schools.

School Board Split Over Nashville’s Latest Batch Of Charter Schools
Charter Schools / Tennessee

School Board Split Over Nashville’s Latest Batch Of Charter Schools

The Metro board of education couldn’t come to a decision Tuesday night on allowing KIPP Academy to open two more charter schools. The panel was evenly split with chairwoman Sharon Dixon Gentry absent. Another vote will be scheduled later this month.