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The education system of Tennessee


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The present educational system dates from a school law enacted in 1873. The Tennessee legislature provided for tax-supported secondary schools in 1893, and provisions for the establishment of county high schools were enacted six years later. Interest in the upgrading of education increased markedly during the late 19th century and early 20th century, and by 1913 a third of the state’s income was set aside for educational purposes. Education in Tennessee is now compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Of the children in the state, 9 percent are enrolled in private schools.

In the 2004–2005 school year Tennessee spent $7,908 on each student’s education, compared to a national average of $9,910.

There were 15.7 students for every teacher (the national average was 15.5 students per teacher). Of those older than 25 years of age in the state, 81.4 percent had a high school diploma in 2007, while the country as a whole averaged 84.5 percent.

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The first two colleges in Tennessee, Greeneville College (now Tusculum College) and Blount College (now the University of Tennessee, Knoxville), were chartered in 1794. In 2006–2007 Tennessee had 22 public and 77 private institutions of higher education.

Leading schools included the University of Tennessee, the state’s land-grant university with campuses in several cities; Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College, in Nashville; Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City; University of the South, in Sewanee; Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate; Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville; University of Memphis; and Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro. Vanderbilt University includes the noted George Peabody College for Teachers, and Fisk University is one of the leading institutions of higher education for blacks in the country. "Tennessee" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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