NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State Senate Education Committee is holding hearings this week to discuss a new set of controversial benchmarks for math and reading.
So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards. They're designed to raise the bar for American students with advanced problem solving, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Jamie Woodson, president of the influential State Collaborative on Reforming Education, says Tennessee’s children need to be challenged to reach higher.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he was disappointed to hear of a petition signed by nearly half of the states' school superintendents that raised serious concerns about Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
The Republican governor in a letter to superintendents released yesterday stood by Huffman and the initiatives he has championed, saying that the commissioner has brought a "new perspective and dynamic energy to education reform in Tennessee."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Federal data show that dozens of Tennessee bridges are among thousands nationwide that have advanced deterioration or are at risk of collapsing.
That works out to a small percentage of the state's total bridges, a point no doubt lost on the drivers who use the deficient bridges regularly.
The Associated Press analyzed data involving more than 607,000 U.S. bridges in the National Bridge Inventory. The most recent data show that nationally more than 65,000 bridges have been rated structurally deficient.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The special school district formed to get Tennessee lowest school systems back on track says its students have shown significant signs of progress in just one year.
The goal of the Tennessee’s Achievement School District is to move the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state to the top 25 percent in five years. The system currently operates four schools in Memphis and one in Nashville.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A mid-state constitutional law expert says the Supreme Court's rulings concerning gay marriage will have little immediate impact here in Tennessee.
In the first of Wednesday’s rulings, the court decided by a narrow 5-to-4 margin to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to gay married couples. In the second ruling, also decided 5-to-4, the justices left in place a finding by a trial court that California's Proposition 8 -- banning same-sex marriage -- is unconstitutional.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A report on the well-being of children in Tennessee shows the state has improved in key areas despite a drop in its ranking.
The annual Kid’s Count report is produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with assistance from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
Tennessee now ranks 39th when it comes to overall child well-being, a drop from last year's ranking of 36th. However, foundation spokesperson Laura Speers says Tennessee did show marked improvement in the area of children’s health.