Articles by: Anne Marshall

College Degrees For Inmates, Even the Lifers

College Degrees For Inmates, Even the Lifers

by / on April 20, 2011

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

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

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

by / on April 15, 2011

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.

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The Sixth Day of Instruction

The Sixth Day of Instruction

by / on March 25, 2011

Metro schools are experimenting with Saturday morning classes.

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More Charter Schools Costing District

by / on March 8, 2011

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

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Teachers Tied To Scores: Big Shift, Small Step

Teachers Tied To Scores: Big Shift, Small Step

by / on February 1, 2011

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.

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Metro Charter School Celebrates Staying Open

by / on January 28, 2011

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

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Metro Schools Must Offer Mid-Year Transfers

by / on January 28, 2011

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.

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Metro School District Appeals Transfer Mandate

by / on January 25, 2011

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.

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

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

by / on December 29, 2010

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.

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Teacher Observations Piled onto Tennessee Principals

Teacher Observations Piled onto Tennessee Principals

by / on December 16, 2010

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

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Metro’s Struggling Students Pulled For Intervention

by / on November 29, 2010

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

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More Riders Wanted In Metro Bike Share Program

by / on November 24, 2010

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.

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Waiting on the Scores

Waiting on the Scores

by / on November 15, 2010

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.

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Waiting Continues For Test Scores

by / on November 1, 2010

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.

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Last Day of Stimulus Work For Hundreds In Tennessee

Last Day of Stimulus Work For Hundreds In Tennessee

by / on September 30, 2010

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

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

by / on September 29, 2010

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.

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

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

by / on September 29, 2010

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.

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Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: The Costly Revolving Door

Nashville’s Chronically Homeless: The Costly Revolving Door

by / on September 28, 2010

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

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Online Doctor Visits Offered To Overweight Kids In Rural Counties

by / on September 27, 2010

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

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New Homeless Center Hopes to Reach Most Vulnerable

by / on August 26, 2010

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.

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