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Country music gives back to Nashville schools

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

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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

Milwaukee Public Schools have 21 vacant school buildings, which are costing $1 million annually to maintain.

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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Tennessee NAACP backs away from charter school moratorium

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

The Tennessee NAACP has distanced itself from the national organization’s decision to support a moratorium on charter school expansion. Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the NAACP Tennessee State Conference said that the NAACP’s concerns don’t apply to the Volunteer State. “In Tennessee, we have some of the best oversight laws,” she said. Read more here.

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Memphians weigh in on what a high-quality school needs

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

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Nine community meetings were held in Shelby County to find out what criteria the community considers in determining school quality. Some of the aspects of a high-quality school as defined by Memphians are up-to-date technology, a safe environment, STEM curriculum and field trips. Read more here.

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