The Tennessee Report Card released this month shows detailed stats on each of the state’s 1800 public schools, from racial breakdowns to reading scores. But state education officials are highlighting another key function – side-by-side comparison.
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Nashville area home sales continue to pick up the pace. Closings jumped 22 percent in October, according to monthly numbers out today from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.
Country music has a new queen. Miranda Lambert picked up four Country Music Association awards last night, giving the 30-year-old a total of 11 CMAs – more than any other female artist in history.
Republicans picked up a few more seats in the state legislature. Knoxville teacher and Democratic state Rep. Gloria Johnson fell to challenger Eddie Smith, who got big help from the state’s Republican Party.
Amendment One passed by a relatively narrow margin of 53 to 47 percent statewide. But the broad results mask the wide gaps between Tennessee’s urban and rural voters.
Fort Campbell soldiers wearing hardhats and fatigues have already gotten to work in Liberia building Ebola treatment units.
The only car currently produced by Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant dropped by 10 percent in October, and so far this year is down by more than a third compared to 2013.
Automakers release sales figures Monday, and Franklin-based Nissan North America is out first with another big month, stringing together 13 months of record sales.
The board has hired Sara Heyburn, who is now the head of teachers and leaders in the Department of Education.
Underperforming schools in north Nashville will remain open, according to district superintendent Jesse Register. Unlike East Nashville, Register says, there are not enough other schools for students to attend if one or two closed.
More than 13,000 people voted in Davidson County on the final day of early voting — even though only a few hundred a day were showing up during the first few days.
Ads dominating the airwaves for and against Tennessee’s abortion amendment still may find a receptive audience. A sizeable share of voters haven’t made up their minds.
At the Southern Baptist conference on homosexuality, pastors and church leaders heard the testimonies of four people who claim to be formerly gay.
The Pentagon says a dozen soldiers – including a two-star general – are being held on a base in Italy before being allowed to come home. The Department of Defense says this will be the policy for the time being, though it’s not required by Pentagon guidelines.
Southern Baptists say they’ve gotten some things wrong on homosexuality, but they still see acceptance of gay marriage as a line that cannot be crossed.
Southern Baptists are publicly wrestling with homosexuality this week. The Nashville-based denomination invited pastors and lay people to Opryland for a follow-up event to a similar, smaller summit on sexuality held earlier this year.
Veterans groups were left out the last time Tennessee overhauled gaming laws, and not necessarily by accident.
More than 40 teachers, professors and administrators will spend the next year combing through Common Core education standards and suggesting changes. Governor Bill Haslam also announced Wednesday the state is posting the standards to a website in the coming weeks so parents can read them and offer their suggestions.
By comparison, more people are voting every day in Knox County than over five days in Davidson County.
Every member of the Williamson County board of education voted for a resolution supporting local standards. But language saying the board “opposed Common Core” was ultimately stripped from the final document.