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.

Students from Cohen College Prep gather on the capitol steps in Baton Rouge to rally for Senate Bill 324. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Audio / Louisiana

New Orleans High Schoolers Head To Capitol For ‘Raise The Age’ Action

Hundreds of New Orleans students got a hands-on civics lesson this week. They rallied at the state capitol to support a bill that would keep 17-year-olds out of adult court and prison.

Lead teacher Amy Brewer goes over a Math lesson at Concord Middle School in Cabarrus County. Credit: Reema Khrais / WUNC
Audio / North Carolina

What It’s Like Inside A Low-Performing School

Over the last five years, four different principals have cycled through Concord Middle School. The latest principal to step into the role is Carrie Tulbert. She remembers when the superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools called her last year and asked her if she could come. Reema Khrais reports on how teacher retention issues impact low-performing schools.

Thousands of students recently gathered outside the state capitol to protest higher education budget cuts. Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Audio / Louisiana

For Louisiana College Students, An Uncertain Future

Governor John Bel Edwards has warned that Louisiana’s budget crisis likely means even more cuts to higher education — up to $70 million — and big changes to the state’s popular scholarship program, TOPS. For local students, that translates to an uncertain future.

Credit: Paul Boger/MPB.
Audio / Mississippi

Public School Students in Miss. Could Soon Use Vouchers for Private Schools

Parents of public school students in Mississippi could soon be able to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools. Lawmakers believe the “Equal Opportunity for All Students Act” would give many children across the state a shot at a quality education.

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.

John Morgan, right, presents TBR's 2016 budget requests. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Tennessee

Tennessee Board Of Regents Approves Governor’s Temporary Chancellor Pick

The largest public college system in the state has a new leader. David Gregory, the vice chancellor for administration and facilities development with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will be promoted after current chancellor John Morgan leaves at the end of the month.

Exterior of Mississippi Department of Education headquarters. File photo.
Audio / Mississippi

Miss Dept. of Education Faces $4 Millon in Budget Cuts

The Mississippi Department of Education will have to cut more than four million dollars from its budget after Governor Phil Bryant ordered state agencies to slash budgets by 1.5 percent to offset a shortfall in revenues.