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Metro Nashville Public Schools
June 6, 2018
Here’s how Nashville, Memphis school groups will spend $150,000 grants
Metro Nashville Public Schools and the dropout prevention organization Communities In Schools of Memphis have won planning grants of $150,000 each. Recipients are…
back to court
March 16, 2018
Nashville appeals judge’s order to share student information with state charters
The appeal means Metro Nashville Public Schools won't comply with an earlier order to share the information with charter operators requesting it.
February 8, 2018
Is your school in Tennessee’s bottom 10 percent? Here’s a list of 166 schools the state says need to improve
Here are three things to know about the warning list, which lists schools in the bottom 10 percent, followed by a searchable list.
January 12, 2018
Judge orders Nashville schools to turn over student information to state charters
The ruling is a blow to local district leaders in both Nashville and Memphis, who have argued that a federal privacy law gives them discretion.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
November 15, 2017
Support grows in Memphis for keeping student info from state charter schools
Shelby County commissioners side with Shelby County Schools in the district's battle with the state over releasing student contact information.
November 8, 2017
Tennessee awards grants to help 27 charter schools secure or improve buildings
Grants of $125,000 each will go to 27 schools in the first round of awards announced Wednesday by the State Department of Education.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
October 25, 2017
Thousands of Memphis families opt out of sharing contact info with charter schools
Now board members are left with a choice: hand over the rest of the names, or face a lawsuit from the state.
October 20, 2017
As Nashville heads to court over sharing student information with the state, here’s why Memphis probably won’t
Instead of outright rejecting McQueen's deadline last month like Nashville did, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson sought a compromise.
September 28, 2017
Tennessee, meet your new Teacher of the Year
Cicely Woodard was awarded the honor during her 13th year teaching in Tennessee. She is an eighth-grade mathematics teacher in Nashville.
Not over yet
September 25, 2017
A firm reprimand — but no penalty yet — for two Tennessee districts that defy deadline to share student data
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had promised to issue consequences if the Memphis and Nashville school districts did not meet the Monday deadline.
September 22, 2017
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said potential consequences will be determined Monday. Past state action suggests funding cuts could be on the table.
September 14, 2017
Tennessee’s attorney general sides with charter schools in battle over student information
Citing the new legal opinion, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen orders district leaders in Memphis and Nashville to comply.
August 29, 2017
Tennessee’s two largest districts defy state order to share student info with charters
Elected school officials in Memphis and Nashville go on the record against a state order from Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
May 25, 2017
Frustrated with high suspension rates, Memphis schools shift to restorative justice
Taking a cue from Nashville, Memphis school leaders are working to change the way their educators discipline students in Shelby County Schools.
How I Teach
April 26, 2017
Live, from Music City, an elementary school teacher presents life lessons with a beat
Nashville elementary school teacher Christopher Blackmon is one of 31 educators nationwide named 2017 Music Teachers of Excellence by the Country Music Association.
March 15, 2017
Nashville high school students stage walkout to protest Trump’s visit
About 100 students at a Nashville charter school organize a walkout less than two miles from the hall where the president is scheduled to speak later in the day.
March 1, 2017
Tennessee’s largest districts could charge charter schools more under tweaked bill
A bill that rewrites Tennessee’s charter school law passes its first hurdle with a few revisions.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
February 16, 2017
Why some Tennessee students skipped school for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’
The boycott was felt in numerous schools in Memphis and Nashville, which have growing populations of immigrant students.
January 31, 2017
As Trump seeks to keep some immigrants and refugees out, Nashville’s school community declares all are welcome
Superintendent Shawn Joseph, administrators and teachers double down on efforts to make immigrant and refugee students feel safe at school.
January 25, 2017
Four questions about education with state Rep. Harold Love
The Nashville Democrat talks about why he makes it a point to visit schools and what's ahead for education in this year's General Assembly.
After the election
November 11, 2016
Inside one Nashville afterschool program, homework and deportation questions happen side by side
All semester, sprinkled amid homework, computer games, and arts and crafts, Nashville students shared anxiety induced by Trump’s campaign promises to limit immigration.
Movers and shakers
November 10, 2016
Former Teach For America leader appointed to State Board of Education
Elissa Kim will replace vice-chairwoman Carolyn Pearre, who represents Tennessee’s 5th congressional district in Middle Tennessee.
Doing the math
October 19, 2016
Trying to sort out Tennessee’s new math standards? These educators are doing it for you.
The new Mid-Cumberland Math Consortium uses the collective brain power of Middle Tennessee educators to work through common challenges to math instruction.
September 29, 2016
Meet the charter leader signing up to teach kids with no English skills — and the student who inspired her
Charter school founder Kristin McGraner was inspired to join up with Metro Nashville Public Schools to start a program for students brand new to English.
September 20, 2016
Comptroller report underscores ‘insufficient clarity, transparency’ in Tennessee funding for charter schools
Guidelines are so muddled on how funding should be allocated to charter schools that it’s unclear whether those schools are receiving the correct amount, a report says.
September 16, 2016
Does Tennessee have to follow its own school spending plan? Court prepares to weigh in
Attorneys for the state and Nashville face off on the funding question at a court hearing in Nashville.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
August 16, 2016
What’s the endgame for Tennessee’s Achievement School District? That’s the question facing lawmakers
State lawmakers will answer questions about the future of Tennessee's school turnaround district when they convene on Wednesday.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
August 2, 2016
Race and education in Nashville: Author Ansley Erickson on the hidden policy choices that sustain inequality
Ansley Erickson's book details the desegregation and subsequent resegregation of Nashville’s public schools, tracing today’s educational inequalities to their roots.
July 27, 2016
Two Nashville teacher residencies selected to partner with national center
New teacher residencies through Project Renaissance and Belmont University receive support from the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
July 25, 2016
New Nashville teacher cooperative chips away at public, private partition
A new teacher cooperative hosted by the University School of Nashville brings together teachers from Nashville's public and private schools.
July 18, 2016
Can raising reading levels be fun? It was for these kids in Nashville
Summer camps funded through Tennessee's Ready to be Ready initiative give children a chance to become better readers.
change at the top
May 13, 2016
To steer local schools, Nashville taps a diverse Maryland district’s second in command
The deputy head of Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools will inherit a district struggling to keep pace with its increasingly diverse student population.
May 10, 2016
New Nashville parent advocacy group says its only agenda is high-quality schools
Nashville Rise emerges from Nashville’s complex, and often divisive, educational landscape as an offshoot of former Mayor Karl Dean's Project Renaissance.
May 5, 2016
Memphis education leader tells Nashville officials what Shelby County Schools is doing right
Interviewing to be director of Nashville schools, Brad Leon says he would bring a lot of inspiration from Memphis schools, including its focus on education equity.
May 3, 2016
Shelby County Schools innovation chief is finalist for Nashville school director
Brad Leon is the only Tennessean among six finalists for the top job at Metro Nashville Public Schools.
A tale of two cities
March 22, 2016
Achievement gap is narrowing in Memphis, growing in Nashville, study says
Memphis is making headway, while Nashville is struggling, in closing the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers.
February 29, 2016
After online testing failure, Tennessee students take new TNReady assessment the old-fashioned way
While most Tennessee school districts have received their printed materials on time, a dozen are on standby.
Turnover at the top
February 3, 2016
Three of Tennessee’s four largest school districts in the hunt for superintendent
Rick Smith's sudden departure from Hamilton County means three of Tennessee's highest-profile urban districts have a leadership void.
January 19, 2016
Study finds racial discrimination in school gifted programs
Black students are far less likely to be placed in gifted programs, even with the same test scores as their white peers and especially if their teacher is white, say researchers.
January 13, 2016
U.S. HUD chief talks technology with Nashville students in public housing
The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development talks with Nashville students about a plan to provide free Internet service to families in housing projects.
December 3, 2015
Amid anti-refugee political rhetoric, Nashville schools welcome displaced students
Students fleeing Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other war-torn nations find refuge and learning in Nashville schools, and teach their classmates a few lessons, too.
December 3, 2015
Nashville mayor names Laura Ashley Moore as education liaison
Mayor Megan Barry, who has pledged to make public education a top priority, appoints a local chamber official as her point person on education.
November 13, 2015
To figure out how to fix Nashville’s schools, former mayor’s group starts by visiting strong ones
Project Renaissance, founded by former Mayor Karl Dean, kicked off a series of school tours by visiting one district-run school and one charter school this week.
November 2, 2015
Four years later, Tennessee’s first-ever charter ‘turnaround school’ celebrates gains
Nashville's Cameron College Prep is being heralded as a "success story" by LEAD Public Schools, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Mayor Megan Barry.
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