Lacking a school voucher system and a law that lets charter school operators turn to the state for approval, Tennessee gets an "F" for school choice, according to a national education-reform group.
That's the main negative in an otherwise fairly positive outlook in StudentsFirst's 2014 Tennessee report card released today. Tennessee received a "C" score overall — sixth among all states — up from a "C minus" a year ago.
"Our leaders should be encouraged by the rise in Tennessee's report card grade, and motivated to continue the course for reform," said Brent Easley, state director of StudentsFirst Tennessee.
His group plans to use the report card's findings as it pushes policy during the upcoming legislative session, which kicks off today.