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Tennessee

  • By: Rachael Gabriel & Jessica Nina Lester
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

Tennessee is the 17th-largest state in the United States by population, with 6,296,254 residents. It is located in the southeast region of the United States and is approximately 491 miles long and 115 miles wide with a total of 42,146 square miles. The state naturally divides into three regions: the mountains of East Tennessee, the foothills of Middle Tennessee, and the low plains of West Tennessee. It is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississipi to the south, North Carolina to the east, and Missouri and Arkansas to the west. Its economy is driven by agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Though Tennessee lagged the nation in student achievement over the past 20 years, by 2009 it was considered to be on ...

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