Kevin Huffman

3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Haslam Names Lipscomb University Dean Education Commissioner

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named Lipscomb University senior vice president and dean Candice McQueen as the next education commissioner.

McQueen oversees the College of Education and the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students at Lipscomb Academy.

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2013 TN General Assembly
5:19 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Governor Haslam’s Voucher Program Passes First Test with Bipartisan Support

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State lawmakers raised several reservations but ultimately passed Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher program in its first test.

Two members of the House Education Subcommittee voted no, including one Republican. The former school superintendent says he doesn’t believe public money should be diverted to private schools. Democrat Joe Pitts of Clarksville voted no after asking if private schools would be forced to still provide a free lunch. Only poor students could qualify for vouchers under the plan.

“I’m just really concerned that we’re targeting that at-risk population, but we’re really not doing anything else to supply that basic human need, which is food,” Pitts said.

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3:25 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Tenn. Democrats Want Pre-K Expansion

Rep. Mike Turner

Tennessee’s education commissioner says he doesn’t plan to request funds for expanding pre-kindergarten classes, but democratic leaders say they plan to speak with Governor Bill Haslam about considering an expansion.

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Tennessee Education
9:17 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tennessee Students Make Slight Gains in Science

The Nation's Report Card shows Tennessee students making slight gains in science.  State education officials say the latest results from the National Assessment of Education Progress show nearly 31 percent of students scoring at or above average in science, compared to 28 percent two years before.  

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