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August 14, 2014 via The Tennessean

Michelle Rhee’s exit won’t slow down StudentsFirst in Tennessee

Its high-profile, much-debated leader is stepping back to a smaller role, but StudentsFirst has no plans to leave Tennessee. Full article

August 8, 2014 via The Tennessean

Charter school backers go 2-of-4 in Metro school board race

Two Metro school board incumbents held onto their seats, but the chairwoman wasn't one of them, on an election night that saw Nashville charter school advocates produce a split decision with their candidates. Full article

July 24, 2014 via The Tennessean

Michelle Rhee-led group makes endorsements in Metro school board races

StudentsFirst Tennessee, the education reform group that falls under the national organization founded by former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, has endorsed three challengers in Metro's school board races. Full article

July 15, 2014 via Memphis Flyer

Defying a Thunderstorm, SCS Contenders Have a Forum

Less than a month away from August 7, when the final votes in Shelby County School Board races will be counted, the first fully separate cattle call for Board candidates took place Monday night at the First Baptist Church Broad under the joint sponsorship of several ad hoc education organizations. Full article

July 14, 2014 via Chalkbeat Tennessee

School board candidates pitch more funding, nap time to fix district

From providing more parental resources to holding budget meetings with the county commission, nine of the 14 Shelby County Schools board candidates shared how they would prioritize the district’s needs during a forum Monday night at First Baptist Church in the Binghampton neighborhood. Full article

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October 22, 2014 posted by Daniel Zavala

Principals Deserve Autonomy to Lead Schools

Teachers are the most important school-related factor for student success. Teachers have a bigger impact on students than facilities, school leadership, or even finances. Read more

July 3, 2014 posted by Daniel Zavala

Tennessee is a State Where Results Speak Louder than Rhetoric

Under the bold leadership of Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, Tennessee's students and teachers have led the nation in their hard work and impressive academic improvements. Read more

June 6, 2014

The Tennessee Education Association is Arguing Against Themselves

The following are excerpts from a recent interview that aired on Nashville Public Radio with former Tennessee Education Association (TEA) President Gera Summerford. Speaking for her organization, Summerford explains the Tennessee Education Association’s position on a number of important education policies, including testing and charter schools. We were surprised by some of her comments, and our play-by-play analysis is below. Read more

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