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Tennessee education department, districts anticipate dramatic learning loss due to closures
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Jul 2, 8:18 AM: As districts prepare for students to potentially return to the classroom this fall, educators are expecting many students to come back not performing at grade level.
SCS families must choose next week between virtual and in-person learning for the fall
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Jul 1, 7:07 AM: Families with children in Shelby County Schools will have to choose between virtual learning and heading back to the classroom for the new school year, the district announced Tuesday.
Soulsville Charter School graduates get high school diplomas in “senior soul roll”
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Jun 30, 6:53 AM: High school and college seniors across the country and Mid-South have faced creative graduations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Metro Council to choose from 5 nominees to fill school board seat left vacant by Anna Shepherd's death
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Jun 26, 7:49 AM: Metro Council has five nominees to choose from to replace Anna Shepherd on the Board of Education, including a Metro Nashville Education Association board member, a well-known education reform advocate and two former >
Nashville families want remote options when classes resume, MNPS director says
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Jun 25, 5:15 AM: A majority of Nashville families are interested in remote learning options, as well as a hybrid model, as they contemplate sending their children back to school this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Director of Schools >
Two KIPP schools close abruptly, deserting students and their families
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Jun 24, 7:42 AM: Events that have transpired over the course of the past months have undoubtedly impacted everyone. Not surprisingly, underprivileged school children have once again been put on the back burner placing them at a further >
Why Tennessee's Education Savings Accounts will not help public school students | Opinion
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Jun 19, 6:34 AM: A recent op-ed by George Korda suggested that Governor Lee’s new voucher program (known as “Education Savings Accounts”) will help poor children by removing them from “failing schools.” This is an unfortunate false narrative that >
Despite budget problems, Knox Schools gives nearly $1 million to private schools
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Jun 17, 6:53 AM: The district is furloughing workers and eliminating positions, but is required to give federal COVID relief money to some of Knoxville's most expensive schools.
Divisive charter vs. public school argument takes focus away from Metro Nashville students | Opinion
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Jun 10, 6:16 AM: We cannot scapegoat families for seeking better options, we cannot shame communities for demanding change, and we cannot feel threatened when other public schools help students find success.
Metro Schools to provide laptop to all public, charter school students
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Jun 9, 7:34 AM: Mayor John Cooper announced Monday he is directing $24 million in funding from the federal CARES Act to provide every public school student in Nashville-Davidson county with a laptop and internet connectivity for those students who >
Hamilton County educators frustrated as teacher raises, public education money cut from Gov. Bill Lee's budget
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Jun 8, 6:52 AM: As Tennessee faces a $1 billion budget shortfall and slashes raises meant for teachers and planned additional Basic Education Program funding, Hamilton County Schools also faces a budget shortfall.
Tennessee Supreme Court declines to hear school voucher appeal
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Jun 5, 6:23 AM: The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday declined to wade into the legal battle over school vouchers, effectively blocking the state from kicking off its education savings account program with the new school year.
ESA program will help low-income students continue academic improvement | Opinion
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Jun 1, 8:26 AM: Two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Education Savings Account pilot program are on appeal after a trial judge ruled the law unconstitutional.
OUR VIEW: Why keep the voucher program?
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May 29, 7:11 AM: So before the budget trimmers go looking for every penny they can shave from other programs, we hope they take a hard look at $38 million sitting there for a program that could very well be declared invalid under Tennessee >
Efforts to halt Tennessee school voucher program fail in House committee
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May 27, 6:41 AM: Efforts in the House to both delay and altogether halt the implementation of the governor's school voucher program failed to move forward during a Tuesday committee, meaning lawmakers likely won't take further legislative action to >
Over 8K teachers sign up for training on digital learning and teaching
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May 22, 7:07 AM: The Tennessee Department of Education and Trevecca Nazarene University announced Thursday that over 8,000 teachers have already registered to participate in free optional training on digital learning and teaching.
State wants Tennessee's high court to take ESA voucher program case
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May 22, 6:50 AM: On Thursday, the state asked the Supreme Court of Tennessee to supersede in the education savings account program lawsuit, hoping to avoid a lengthy appeals process that will impede the state's ability to launch the >
It’s time for Gov. Bill Lee to pull the plug on school vouchers
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May 21, 6:56 AM: The time has come for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and others in his administration to face reality. The much-maligned school voucher program is not going to happen this coming school year. The courts are simply unwilling to allow >
Perea Charter School takes a 'mindful moment' with students to help their emotional well-being
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May 21, 6:37 AM: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And a local charter school is making sure they're taking care of their students emotionally especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin tells us >
Tennessee voucher program continues to be blocked
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May 20, 7:03 AM: Tennessee won’t be able to implement a contentious school voucher program while the state continues to fight back constitutional challenges over the law that would allow parents to use public tax dollars on private school tuition, >

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