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More than half of students in Memphis still not registered for school

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

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School starts in three weeks in Shelby County, Tennessee, but fewer than half of the expected number of students have enrolled thus far. With a projected enrollment of 104,000 students for the 2016-17 school year, only 41,000 students were signed up as of last week. With high levels of mobility and poverty, on-time registration is frequently […]

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Technical education can close the wage gap

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Closing the achievement gap also means closing the skills and wage gap, which is why technical education is so important. A piece in the Tennessean argues that, while students have been told that this is best done through a four-year degree, pushing everyone toward college does a disservice to students who would succeed through career and […]

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Sorting out Tennessee’s new liquor laws

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  News, Regulations, Tennessee  /  No Comments

WINE IN SUPERMARKETS: It's legal now in the state of Tennessee, but Tennessee still has a strange mixture of protectionist laws.

You can now buy wine in Tennessee grocery stores, but the state still has a complicated set of laws regulating the sale of alcohol products.

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Grant aimed at addressing shortage of welders

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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With the demand for welders in western Tennessee on the rise and the number of welders shrinking, a Nashville school will be starting a career training program to address the shortage. Lake County High School will receive a $35,000 grant to provide welding to their Career and Technical Education students. Read more here.

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The consequences of canceled testing

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

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Tennessee canceled its TNReady standardized test amid widespread issues this year, a decision that could have long-term consequences, especially a deficit of trust among educators, students and parents. “As an educator, I’ve lost confidence in the ability of Tennessee to successfully execute a test on the state level,” said seventh-grade social studies teacher Mitch Orr, who works […]

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Shelby County charter school report shows mixed results

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Shelby County, Tennessee, has released its first report on the performance of charter schools, and the results are mixed. While some schools outperformed their district counterparts, others remained neck-and-neck when it comes to testing. In Shelby County, which encompasses Memphis, charter schools are rapidly growing, making tools like this report necessary for parents to navigate a […]

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