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Six more Memphis schools set to close

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The Shelby County,  Tennessee, Board of Education voted this week to close three more Memphis schools and revoke the charters of three others, the result of initiatives to cut costs and improve low-performing or under-enrolled schools. Read more here.

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Tennessee legislature’s 2016 education roundup

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

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While the educational element of Tennessee’s 2016 legislative session will be remembered for the rollout of TNReady, the state’s new standardized assessment, plenty more than that went on. Chalkbeat has a new piece laying out key moments from this year’s session, including the blocking of vouchers, school funding formulas, and work on early childhood education.  

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More Tennessee students going to college

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Education Blog, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Nearly 5 percent more high school graduates in Tennessee went straight to college in 2015, a jump officials are linking to the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which pays to send thousands of students to community and technical colleges. The college attendance rate was 62.5 percent. Emily House, a data expert with the state higher education commission, […]

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Is Google Fiber getting ‘backdoor corporate welfare?’

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler / Tennessee Watchdog The people behind Google Fiber and its support groups may lobby for municipal broadband, but they ultimately want it to fail, the president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance says. TPA President David Williams says Google already gets corporate welfare costing taxpayers millions. But it wants to take things a […]

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FCC’s Lifeline expansion: Rural internet solution or taxpayer boondoggle?

By   /  April 19, 2016  /  Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, National, News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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“It’s part of a bigger effort by the FCC to expand taxpayer-funded broadband projects,” Williams said.

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‘Million Dollar Scholars’ recognized in Memphis

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

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While schools frequently hold “signing days” to celebrate the athletic success of their students, highlighting where they’ve chosen to play their sport in college, Whitehaven High School in Memphis has taken the practice to the classroom, recognizing 51 seniors who were offered $1 million or more in academic scholarships. “There’s a belief that Whitehaven is […]

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