Tennessee education bills passed during special legislative session

Tennessee lawmakers approved a $160 million legislative package aimed at tackling pandemic-related student learning loss, the state’s stagnant literacy rates and how schools will handle standardized testing in a flurried special session this week, but questions remain.

The four-day special session, which many Democratic lawmakers accused of being rushed, left little time to iron out details of the legislation or seek educator feedback. But many Republicans and legislative leaders said educating the state’s children was too important a topic to wait to address.

Several other education proposals wait to be brought up in the General Assembly’s regular session, which is expected to resume Feb. 8. But here are some things to know now about what took place in the special session. 

MORE:In whirlwind special session, Tennessee lawmakers approve $160M package of education bills aimed at learning loss, literacy

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