Articles by: Anne Marshall

College Degrees For Inmates, Even the Lifers

College Degrees For Inmates, Even the Lifers

April 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

A small group of inmates, even those with life-sentences, are earning a free college education.

One Year into Race To The Top:  500 Million Dollars and Change

One Year into Race To The Top: 500 Million Dollars and Change

April 15, 2011 at 6:23 am

One year after Tennessee won $500 million in the federal Race to the Top competition, the efforts to win the race itself may be what has the lingering impact.

The Sixth Day of Instruction

The Sixth Day of Instruction

March 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

Metro schools are experimenting with Saturday morning classes.

More Charter Schools Costing District

March 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

As charter schools grow in number and popularity in Nashville, the school district says it’s costing them a growing amount of money.

Teachers Tied To Scores: Big Shift, Small Step

Teachers Tied To Scores: Big Shift, Small Step

February 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

For almost twenty years Tennessee has tracked how much students are learning from year to year,but that data wasn’t tied to teacher evaluations – until now.

Metro Charter School Celebrates Staying Open

January 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Metro’s first charter school, is rejoicing. The school nearly closed due to poor performance on math assessment tests.

Metro Schools Must Offer Mid-Year Transfers

January 28, 2011 at 6:42 am

The Metro School District is giving close to five thousand parents the chance to move their child to a new school – immediately. Metro wanted to avoid offering mid-year transfers, but their request was denied.

Metro School District Appeals Transfer Mandate

January 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

In the next few days, the Metro School District is supposed to start allowing students
in underperforming schools to transfer to a better school. It’s required by law, but the
district is asking the federal government for a break from that mandate.

A Childhood Prank, Unlikely Friendship Inspires “Room In The Inn”

A Childhood Prank, Unlikely Friendship Inspires “Room In The Inn”

December 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

For 25 years local congregations have taken in the homeless on winter nights providing a bed and a meal, but compassion is the Room In The Inn’s underlying goal.

Teacher Observations Piled onto Tennessee Principals

Teacher Observations Piled onto Tennessee Principals

December 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm

For years, school principals have visited classrooms to watch teachers in action. Now those known classroom observations are being transformed and multiplied.

Metro’s Struggling Students Pulled For Intervention

November 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

Middle Schools in Nashville are reconfiguring their school day to help kids struggling with math and reading.

More Riders Wanted In Metro Bike Share Program

November 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

A new program allowing Davidson County residents to borrrow bicycles to ride is supposed to make Nashville healthier, but reaching that goal will require a lot more pedaling.

Waiting on the Scores

Waiting on the Scores

November 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

Schools across Tennessee are anxiously awaiting state test scores to see if they’ll be labeled passing, struggling, or failing. At a Nashville charter school, Smithson-Craighead Academy, the stakes are high. It may close.

Waiting Continues For Test Scores

November 1, 2010 at 5:48 am

Tennessee teachers have seen how their students performed on achievement tests taken in the spring. Parents know too, because their child’s scores were mailed in October. But individual schools and districts still don’t know if they did well enough to avoid being labeled struggling or failing.

Last Day of Stimulus Work For Hundreds In Tennessee

Last Day of Stimulus Work For Hundreds In Tennessee

September 30, 2010 at 6:41 am

Workers are grateful for the temporary positions but worry about when the next paycheck will come.

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless-Web Extra: Gauging Long-Term Effectiveness:

September 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

The Metro Homelessness Commission reports 56 out of the 60 Housing First participants have been permanently housed, giving the program a 92 percent retention rate.

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: Housing Model Slow to Catch On

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: Housing Model Slow to Catch On

September 29, 2010 at 6:16 am

Housing First takes the long time homeless, hands them an apartment key, and matches them with a social worker who fills in as family. But it doesn’t require rehab, and that’s made winning over skeptics difficult.

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: The Costly Revolving Door

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: The Costly Revolving Door

September 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

Nashville’s last homeless count reported more than 2,000 people living on the streets. It’s estimated several hundred are chronically homeless.

Online Doctor Visits Offered To Overweight Kids In Rural Counties

September 27, 2010 at 6:09 am

Children struggling with obesity in two rural counties are visiting a Vanderbilt weight management clinic, without the hassle of a long drive.

New Homeless Center Hopes to Reach Most Vulnerable

August 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

A brand new $13 million building in downtown Nashville will now act as a service hub for the homeless. Its mission is to get the chronically homeless stable and independent.