Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Marta W. Aldrich

Chalkbeat Tennessee

Franklin, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Marta:

Tennessee governor commits to preserving state funding for schools during budget crisis

Gov. Bill Lee said he’s committed to maintaining current state funding for schools, even as Tennessee faces a revenue shortfall that could run between $500 million and $1.7 billion. → Read More

Tennessee considers new commission to help education rebound from the coronavirus

Legislative leaders want a special commission to develop recovery plans in the face of learning setbacks for school children, disruptions to university life, and the likelihood of more school closures next year. → Read More

Five education issues to watch for as Tennessee legislature resumes business this week

As lawmakers begin returning to the Capitol while guarding against the coronavirus, they’ll stare at cratering revenues and the need to make deep cuts to Tennessee’s spending plan. → Read More

Tennessee will follow DeVos guidance to reroute more coronavirus relief to private schools

Tennessee plans to follow controversial guidance from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and reroute tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money to support students in private schools. → Read More

Haslams want to hire a thousand college students to tutor Tennessee children this summer

A new Tennessee Tutoring Corps aims to recruit at least a thousand college students to provide summer tutoring for elementary-age students whose education has been disrupted by the coronavirus... → Read More

Democrats want Tennessee school voucher money reallocated

House Democrats call on Gov. Bill Lee and the legislature to reallocate $41 million earmarked for a school voucher program halted by a judge’s order. → Read More

Tennessee takes judge’s voucher ruling to a higher court

Tennessee is seeking permission to appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s 2019 school voucher law. → Read More

Tennessee files motion to move forward with school vouchers despite judge’s ruling

Tennessee is asking the judge who overturned its school voucher law to allow the program rollout to proceed pending an appeal. → Read More

Judge orders halt to Tennessee’s school voucher program, rules law unconstitutional

A Nashville judge ruled Monday that Tennessee’s school voucher law is unconstitutional and ordered the state to halt the controversial program before it starts this fall. → Read More

Applications for Tennessee’s new school voucher program lag as deadline approaches

Fewer than 300 applications appear to be on track for approval for 5,000 spots in the first year of Tennessee’s school voucher program. → Read More

Tennessee will wait to award its first school vouchers until after judge makes early rulings

A judge will hear first arguments Wednesday in two lawsuits challenging Tennessee’s voucher law. → Read More

Memphis school superintendent hires state official overseeing Tennessee’s voucher launch

Amity Schuyler will work for a school system that opposes the ESA program she hustled to launch → Read More

New emergency rules address likelihood Tennessee schools will not reopen this academic year

The State Board of Education approved rules Thursday to guide schools and districts through this spring's coronavirus crisis. → Read More

With Tennessee schools closed, home instruction will look different depending on where you live

School communities are getting a crash course in “distance learning,” a style of education where teachers and students are physically separated during instruction. → Read More

Tennessee governor recommends extending school closures to at least April 24

Gov. Bill Lee asked Tuesday that Tennessee schools remain closed through at least April 24. → Read More

Tennessee House passes emergency budget as attempt to yank school vouchers fails

Voucher opponents tried Thursday to use Gov. Bill Lee’s revised spending plan to block his education savings account program. It didn't work. → Read More

Tennessee House votes to shelve TNReady testing amid public health emergency

The House of Representatives approved emergency legislation to drop state tests and waive the required 180 days of classroom instruction. → Read More

Sweeping Tennessee legislation filed to drop TNReady tests, allow fewer instructional days as schools close due to COVID-19

Lawmakers file a proposal to drop state testing and waive the required 180 days of classroom instruction this year. → Read More

More Tennessee schools close due to the coronavirus, but TNReady testing is on

Gov. Bill Lee's administration leaves it up to the legislature to decide about TNReady. → Read More

Schwinn on the hot seat over Tennessee’s handling of textbooks and contracts

The education chief was grilled by lawmakers about recent textbook adoptions and upcoming literacy contracts. → Read More