Alternative Education

Not just an alternative, but an opportunity.

As early as 1984, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill authorizing the establishment of an alternative school for students who were having disciplinary problems. In 1992, the General Assembly mandated that one alternative school be established for each local school district to serve suspended and expelled youth. The Tennessee Department of Education works to help districts ensure that quality alternative learning environments are created for students. The Department coordinates activities of both the Study Council for Alternative Education and the Governor’s Advisory Council for Alternative Education. Both entities work alongside Department officials to improve alternative education in Tennessee and to serve as an advocate for students and teachers in alternative school settings.

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Governor's Advisory Council

The Governor's Advisory Council for Alternative Education is comprised of 10 members including parents of children attending an alternative school or who have attended, teachers, principals, members of local boards of education, community representatives, and a member of the Tennessee Alternative Educators Association. Appointments are made by the Governor for a term of 3 years. 

The Advisory Council is charged to do the following:

  • Consider any issue, problem or matter related to alternative education presented to it by the Governor, the Commissioner, or the State Board of Education, and give advice thereon.
  • Study proposed plans for alternative education programs or curricula to determine if the plans or curricula should be adopted.
  • Study alternative education programs or curricula implemented in Tennessee school systems to determine the effectiveness of the programs or curricula, and alternative education programs or curricula implemented in other states to determine if the programs or curricula should be adopted in Tennessee schools.
  • Consider rules of governance of alternative schools and make recommendations concerning rules of governance.
  • Make an annual report to the Governor, the education committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education on the state of alternative education in Tennessee. The report shall be submitted prior to February 1 each year.

Advisory Council By Laws 

Governor's Advisory Council for Alternative Education Members
Name Position
Kay Davenport Chair Person
Kecia Ray Vice-Chair Person
Lisa Woods Secretary
Karen Ball Council Member
Bryan Douglas Council Member
Kari Glasgow Council Member
Evie Newcomb Council Member
Renea Jones-Rodgers Council Member
Carol Ann Woods Council Member
Major Shelton Council Member
Pat Conner Executive Secretary

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Last Update: July 21, 2014