Articles written by: Chas Sisk

Candles and gifts memorialize the six Chattanooga children killed when the school bus they were riding crashed. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Safety / Tennessee

Tennessee Governor Says Outsourcing Buses Needs To Be Reassessed After Chattanooga Crash

Emails show school administrators were warned about the driver of the bus months ago. The accident has claimed six lives.

State educators have proposed new standards for social studies. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Tennessee Takes A Narrower Approach To Teaching Schoolchildren About Islam

State educators are slimming down what they’re teaching Tennessee schoolchildren about the Muslim world, following complaints the old lessons were too friendly toward Islam.

Jennifer Burnell high-fives students as they leave her classroom at Fall-Hamilton Elementary School.
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After Waves Of Reform, Nashville Schools Go Back To Basics — Teaching Kids To Build Relationships

For students in Metro Nashville schools, this year’s curriculum goes beyond acing standardized tests. It also includes lessons in what educators call “social-emotional learning.”

Gov. Bill Haslam says the next chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents does not have to be an academic. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee Board Of Regents Search Starts With No Leader ‘Preordained’

Tennessee has finally kicked off the hunt for a new leader for its system of community colleges and technology centers, and Gov. Bill Haslam says the search starts with no preconceived notions of who it should be.

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Tennessee / Testing

Testing Executives Try To Reassure Tennessee Lawmakers About Online Exams

The firm brought in to run Tennessee’s student testing program is telling lawmakers that it won’t rush the transition to online exams.

A sign for school board candidate Thom Druffel stands outside Belle Meade City Hall alongside supporters of incumbent Amy Frogge during early voting. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN.
Events / Tennessee

Group Asks Nashville District Attorney To Investigate Spending In School Board Races

A Nashville advocacy group is calling for an investigation into spending in Metro’s school board races, alleging Stand for Children, a pro-charter organization based in Oregon, has broken Tennessee election law.

Superintendent Mike Looney speaks when he was interviewing to be Nashville's superintendent — a job he turned down. DAVID SMITH / WPLN (FILE PHOTO)

These School Board Races Are In The Running For Middle Tennessee’s Most Intense

School board races are driving voter turnout in much of Middle Tennessee. But among the most intense have been the races in Williamson County, where voters hope the results will bring some order to what’s been a fractious board.

State Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, right, says he was "not confident" that he had the votes to pass vouchers. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN
Audio / Tennessee

Saying Defeat Was Imminent, Tennessee Lawmaker Abruptly Withdraws School Voucher Plan

A plan to create the Tennessee’s first school voucher program has been jettisoned. The proposal had been set for a final vote on February 11 in what was expected to be a close and heated debate. But its chief sponsor says the idea just didn’t have enough support.