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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Kevin Huffman
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:987,422
Number of school districts:140
Number of public schools:1,784
Number of public school teachers:66,558
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,117
Percent minority students:32.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:27.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.6%
8th grade reading:33.1%

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Three national charter networks have recently scaled back plans to take over failing schools in the district, underscoring the challenges for turnaround efforts.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
A school district delegation from Anaheim, Calif., traveled to Nashville, Tenn., this spring to learn what it takes to create a robust music education program.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
The pressure is on as educators—especially those new to the classroom—toggle between leftover requirements from Tennessee's retired standards and those imposed by the common core.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
Next spring's round of assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but the test-developer's tight time frame poses challenges.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
The big questions are how to pay for the $60 billion initiative proposed by President Barack Obama and whether the Republican-controlled Congress will approve it.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts

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