Tennessee

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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Candice McQueen
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:995,475
Number of school districts:146
Number of public schools:1,883
Number of public school teachers:65,341
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,630
Percent minority students:35.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.7%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:29.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.2%
8th grade reading:32.8%

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Proponents of school vouchers hoped the national political mood could make this the year that Tennessee would enact a law allowing students to use public money to go to private schools. They were wrong. And now they're mad.
May 13, 2017 – AP
Tennessee wants to ensure that its career-technical education programs propel students toward college and good-paying jobs.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
A handful of states are reinvesting in their thinning ranks of school counselors to get more students on the college path.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
A deadly crash in Tennessee has sparked fresh calls for better bus safety, but no consensus on seat belts.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Eight states will work to create standards and policies for how to teach social and relational skills in K-12 schools.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week

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