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Hamilton County school board votes to keep moving forward on Partnership Zone option
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Sep 22, 6:49 AM: After spirited debate, Hamilton County school board members voted 7-2 Thursday night to move forward with conversations with the state about what a Partnership Zone will look like.
Nashville charter school CEO left after he lost confidence of his board
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Sep 19, 5:25 AM: A prominent Nashville charter school leader left his post after he lost the confidence of the charter board of directors that oversees the school network.
AG: SCS Must Release Student Info To ASD
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Sep 18, 6:58 AM: Shelby County and Metro Nashville Schools cannot withhold student data from the state-run Achievement School District, according to a legal opinion released Thursday, Sept. 14, by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.
Nashville charter school network to pay $2.2M to settle lawsuit over 'spam' text messages
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Sep 18, 5:39 AM: A Nashville-based charter school network has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by parents who objected to a series of mass text messages they received from the charter organization promoting >
Tennessee attorney general: Nashville and Memphis must hand over student data to state
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Sep 15, 6:06 AM: The ASD, which runs charter schools in Memphis and Nashville, wants the contact information so it can market its schools to families. The districts have been resistant to give up the data, arguing that federal education records law >
1,012 charter school parents send letter to Nashville schools board after railed resolution
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Sep 14, 5:32 AM: Over 1,000 Nashville charter school parents penned a letter to the Nashville schools board asking for better treatment.
Nashville schools board restricts the sharing of student contact information
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Sep 13, 5:28 AM: The Nashville schools board made clear it won't share its students' contact information with the state's special district after a 6-2 vote on a policy to limit data sharing with outside districts.
Hamilton County Schools receive lowest possible score on state education standard
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Sep 12, 5:12 AM: Hamilton County Schools again received the lowest possible composite score on an annual state assessment that measures student growth, a sign that the district still has a long, hard road ahead to improvement.
Group of Metro Council members back school board in fight over student data
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Sep 8, 5:14 AM: A group of Metro Council members threw their support behind the Nashville school board's actions to limit the sharing of student contact information.
Head of state-run Achievement School District to step down
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Sep 7, 5:14 AM: The head of the controversial, state-run Achievement School District is stepping down, less than two years into the job leading the district tasked with intervening in Tennessee's worst schools.
Lawmaker expresses concerns about student data being used for charter recruitment
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Sep 7, 5:03 AM: The state lawmaker who shepherded a bill through the legislature requiring school districts turn over student contact information to charter operators is expressing concern about how the Tennessee Department of Education is >
Nashville school district sends families opt-out form as student data battle with state wages on
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Sep 6, 5:05 AM: The battle is tied to a new state law that says districts "shall provide" certain student directory information to charter schools and charter authorizers. The student contact information cannot be shared with third parties, >
Grahamwood Elementary to expand in quest to add high-quality seats in SCS
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Sep 6, 5:00 AM: About half the student population is enrolled in the school's Optional Program, an enhanced learning curriculum that draws students who qualify from across the county. It's unclear yet if the number of seats available in that >
Despite threats, SCS holds firm against releasing students' private information
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Sep 5, 5:09 AM: Shelby County Schools is following the lead of its Nashville counterpart in continuing to resist pressure from the Tennessee Department of Education to release student contact information to charter organizations.
Metro Schools Tries To Make A Deal To Keep Student Data From Charters
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Sep 1, 6:18 AM: Metro Schools is trying to cut a deal with state education officials over sharing student data. The state says the district is required to turn over information to charter schools that want student info for recruiting purposes. The >
Test results 'sobering,' but fewer students lag significantly behind in SCS
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Aug 31, 5:04 AM: Fewer high school students in Shelby County Schools are significantly behind their peers academically, according to the first district-level TNReady results released Wednesday.
Tennessee’s two largest districts defy state order to share student info with charters
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Aug 30, 6:26 AM: Elected school leaders in Memphis and Nashville are digging in their heels against a state order to release public information about their students to state-run charter schools.
One Charter School Is Pulling Back Applications After Its CEO Resigned
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Aug 24, 6:16 AM: Charter-school operator LEAD went from planning to amend two denied applications for opening new schools, to its leader resigning, to then pulling its applications for a combined elementary/middle school and a high school.
Smaller cohort of charter schools to open in Memphis in 2018
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Aug 23, 6:14 AM: With charter schools comprising a fourth of Shelby County Schools, district leaders say they’re setting a higher bar for opening new ones in Memphis.
Tennessee puts Nashville on notice to provide student data to charter operators
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Aug 23, 5:17 AM: Tennessee put the state's two largest school districts on notice that they must provide student contact information to the Achievement School District and charter operators — or risk losing state funding.

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