Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Marta W. Aldrich

Chalkbeat Tennessee

Franklin, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Marta:

Tennessee governor unveils summer school, tutoring proposals, and promises teacher pay hike too

Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday proposed new summer school and tutoring programs to catch students up from learning disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He promised a pay hike for teachers, but did not specify an amount. → Read More

Tennessee’s new Senate education leader is pro-voucher attorney

A Memphis-area lawmaker who is an attorney for a pro-voucher group was named Wednesday to lead the legislature’s powerful Senate committee over education policy. → Read More

Summer school and tutoring proposals expected as Tennessee tries to help students catch up

Gov. Bill Lee is expected to unveil proposals this week to create or expand summer school options and after-school tutoring programs as Tennessee seeks to catch up students from learning disruptions caused by the pandemic. → Read More

Tennessee again delays hiring its first statewide school turnaround superintendent

The new job that’s considered key to advancing Tennessee’s school turnaround work won’t be filled any time soon after state officials abruptly halted the search for a superintendent to shepherd the state’s lowest-performing schools. → Read More

Tennessee pauses teacher vaccinations for COVID as older adults get priority

Tennessee teachers, school staff, and child care workers must wait for COVID vaccinations until after people 70 and older receive their shots, state officials said Friday. The updated direction pauses the inoculations of school staff, which already had begun in some rural counties. → Read More

More than 16,000 Tennessee educators have had COVID, estimates teacher group

Tennessee’s largest teacher organization estimates more than 16,000 public school educators working in school buildings have contracted the coronavirus and up to eight have died since July. On Wednesday, the group leveled harsh criticism at the state for its handling of the pandemic. → Read More

Tennessee unveils $100 million plan to help its youngest students read better

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration plans to invest $100 million of one-time federal funds in phonics-based reading programs in a sweeping attack on low student literacy rates that have bedeviled the state for decades. → Read More

Tennessee moves up teachers on priority list to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tennessee has moved teachers and child care staff toward the front of the line to receive a coronavirus vaccine in hopes of getting and keeping students in classrooms during the pandemic. → Read More

Tennessee governor calls special session focused on education

Gov. Bill Lee called Tuesday for a special legislative session next month to focus on escalating challenges with Tennessee education during the pandemic. → Read More

‘Our kids are struggling’: Tennessee lawmaker urges governor to move teachers up on the vaccination list

The legislature’s top education leader has asked Gov. Bill Lee to move Tennessee teachers toward the front of the line to receive a coronavirus vaccine in hopes of getting and keeping students in classrooms during the pandemic. → Read More

‘Brave spaces’ needed: How schools can foster meaningful conversations after the 2020 election

While all 50 states require some form of instruction about civics and government, the nation’s public schools generally make little time for students to discuss issues at the heart of American... → Read More

Legislator wants to ensure Tennessee won’t cut millions of dollars from schools during pandemic

A bill by Rep. Scott Cepicky would stabilize state education funding next year at this year’s levels, even though a decline in student enrollment this fall would normally decrease the allocation by at least $320 million. → Read More

Tennessee governor may call special legislative session focused on education during pandemic

Gov. Bill Lee is reportedly mulling whether to call a special legislative session on education as he looks to tackle a growing list of challenges facing Tennessee students whose learning has been disrupted by the pandemic for a second straight school year. Meanwhile, House Speaker Cameron Sexton wants to incentivize school leaders in Memphis to reopen classrooms. → Read More

Tennessee unveils plan to move struggling schools out of its failed program to rescue them

After nearly a decade of lackluster results from its highest-profile school improvement initiative, Tennessee has unveiled its proposal for releasing 27 schools from the failed Achievement School District. → Read More

Teachers likely won’t get COVID vaccine before spring under Tennessee distribution plan

Teachers and school staff would join workers in critical infrastructure sectors and people older than 65 on the priority list to receive COVID-19 vaccines next year, based on Tennessee’s latest distribution plan released Wednesday. → Read More

Tennessee governor hires another ex-lawmaker who championed school vouchers

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday named John DeBerry, a passionate school voucher advocate who recently was ousted from the Tennessee legislature and the Democratic Party, to his cabinet. → Read More

Tennessee appeals overturned school voucher law to state’s highest court

State officials asked the Tennessee Supreme Court Tuesday to restore a school voucher law overturned this spring by a lower court. → Read More

Tennessee’s ACT average dips for second straight year after six years of growth

Tennessee’s average ACT score declined slightly for a second straight year, while the number of students taking the college entrance exam also dropped, according to results released Friday. → Read More

Tennessee governor wants to maintain school funding, raise teacher pay, but offers no promises

Gov. Bill Lee wants Tennessee to maintain funding for public schools in its next budget, even as a statewide decline in enrollment would normally result in a decrease of about $320 million. → Read More

School enrollment has dropped by 33,000 students across Tennessee amid pandemic

The vast majority of Tennessee’s 147 school systems saw unusually large declines during the first 20 days of the academic year, according to a Chalkbeat analysis of statewide enrollment data. → Read More