Tennessee university students could see a tuition increase again next year.
Some students saw double-digit increases this year. Tuition at U.T. Knoxville went up by 12 percent. At Middle Tennessee State, a Board of Regents school, tuition rose this year by just under eight percent.
Now, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is once again recommending tuition increases statewide.
Possibly making it even more difficult for Tennessee students, state legislators are talking about raising the eligibility threshold for lottery funded Hope scholarships.
MEMPHIS — A charter school and a private education company will take over two Memphis schools.
The schools to be run by the new operators have not been identified.
Gestalt Schools, which is based in Memphis, and private Cornerstone Prep received state approval on Tuesday to run one school each, according to The Commercial Appeal. The schools are among those which failed to meet student achievement benchmarks.
Gestalt runs the Power Center Academy charter school in Hickory Hill.
The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Tennessee asked the federal government for the waiver back in July.
State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says Tennessee had little choice but to ask for relief from the law’s increasingly strict standards for yearly improvement in student test scores. He says that nearly 80% of Tennessee schools will likely fail to meet federal standards in the current school year.