The Tennessean, 2/26/24

Tackling Tennessee’s ongoing teacher shortage is the focus of a newly released policy memo from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, also known as SCORE. The collaborative was founded in 2009 by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist as an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan institution focused on education research and advocacy. The analysis, released Monday, included data from a diverse mix of 15 Tennessee school districts, along with insight into what’s driving the teacher shortage and what state and local leaders can do to address it. “With growing concerns about the educator pipeline and its impact on student learning, Tennessee has an urgent need to better understand how the state is attracting, developing, retaining, and maximizing its educator workforce,” the report stated.