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Tennessee launches reading coach network

By   /  September 27, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee has launched a reading coach network to help meet its literacy goals. Two hundred reading coaches around the state will participate, then take the training to more than 3,000 teachers in all 146 school districts. “Teaching students to read empowers them to take charge of their education,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a press release. […]

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District schools are becoming a thing of the past in Memphis

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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In Memphis, neighborhood district schools are becoming a thing of the past. “A school for every enclave, placed just a few miles apart, isn’t practical or feasible any more,” reads an editorial in the Memphis Daily News. “That could change if the city becomes denser. But we are in the midst of a profound change […]

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Memphis board members want answers before closing more schools

By   /  September 15, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Shelby County

Shelby County, Tennessee, is expected  to close 24 schools over the next five years, but the local board has four questions they would like answered before making these decisions, ranging from what specific criteria should be used to make those calls to what role the community should play when deciding to close a school. Read more here.

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East Tennessee schools consider eliminating homework

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Homeschool Student

Homework is a hot-button issue in schools around the country this year, and some East Tennessee schools are considering a policy that would do away with it altogether. Knoxville’s Amherst Elementary has already taken this step, and teacher Jyl Smithson says “I see a more general enthusiasm about school. They want to be here. They want to learn.” […]

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Charter schools rejected by Memphis appeal to the state

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Tennessee Flag Chalkboard Education

Two national charter school networks that were rejected by Shelby County Schools have filed appeals with the state of Tennessee Board of Education. Staff has 60 days to review the appeals from Green Dot Public Schools and Pathways in Education and make recommendations before the full board considers the appeals. Read more here.

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FCC’s court loss likely to spur municipal broadband push in state legislatures

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Alabama, National, News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Now that the Federal Communications Commission has decided not to appeal a federal court ruling that quashed its efforts to supersede state laws, expect state legislatures to ramp up efforts to allow municipal broadband to expand.

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