Tennessee’s College-Going Rate Dropped 11 Percent Since 2017

The college-going rate for Tennessee students after high school graduation has dropped from 63.8% for the Class of 2017 to 52.8% for the Class of 2021, according to a report from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

There has been a 9 percentage point drop since the Class of 2019, which matches a national trend where there was a 9.2% decline in freshman college enrollment from fall 2019 to fall 2021.

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Lame Duck Governor Haslam Announces Six Stop Education Listening Tour

Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who leaves office in January, 2019, has  announced a statewide listening tour intended to improve delivery of the state’s elementary and secondary assessments known as TNReady. Unless called into a Special Session the Tennessee Legislature (with at least two dozen new members) will not convene again…

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Gubernatorial Forum on Education a Slow-Moving Draw Punctuated by Partisan Differences Over In-State Tuition for Illegals

NASHVILLE, Tennessee–The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Gubernatorial Forum on Education held at Belmont University’s Curb Center on Tuesday turned out to be a slow-moving draw punctuated by partisan differences between the three Republicans and two Democrats in attendance over in-state-tuition for illegals. Each of the five participating candidates…

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Mae Beavers Cancels Appearance at Gubernatorial Education Forum Due to Mother’s Passing

Former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers cancelled her scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s SCORE Gubernatorial Forum debate with the announcement of the loss of her beloved mother, Evelyn Louise Spruill: It is with much regret that I will not be able to be at the SCORE Gubernatorial debate tonight.…

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