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Changes ahead for Tennessee turnaround district

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


Changes are ahead for Tennessee’s Achievement School District as, prompted by a new federal law, the state changes the way low-performing schools are handled. Proposed changes would reduce the flexibility the ASD has in taking over schools, and local districts would have more time to turn schools around before a takeover. The number of schools eligible for […]

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Tennessee launches Polytechnic Academy to prepare students for workforce

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

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Students in Hamilton County now have a new option in gaining career skills while still in high school, the Mechatronics Akademie.

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Country music gives back to Nashville schools

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

The Country Music Association Foundation has given $1 million to support music education.

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PBS examines split over charter schools among African Americans

By   /  December 2, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments


PBS Newshour took a look at divisions in the black community over school choice, visiting Freedom Preparatory Academy in Memphis and speaking with those on the front lines. Watch the report here.

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Memphis to change how it closes failing charters

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Shelby County schools have been criticized for closing charter schools in a matter of weeks earlier this year. Now Memphis school officials are working on guidelines for a more deliberative process that could take up to three years and would be based on clearly defined criteria. Read more here.

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Program aims to build trust between students and police

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Springfield Middle School in Tennessee has invited local police to come have lunch each day and spend time with students as part of a new program, Friends in Blue. “Instead of sitting around waiting for it to happen, let’s be proactive and let’s start building some relationships and that may help us in the future,” said principal […]

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