In September, Governor Bill Haslam held an education summit where he signaled the state would review Common Core. Credit: TN Photo Services

Haslam’s Common Core Review Is A Path Toward ‘Tennessee Standards’

October 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

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.

The Williamson County school board has been meeting in recent weeks to discuss Common Core and whether to pass a resolution in opposition. Credit: David Wright Smith

Williamson School Board Stops Just Shy Of Opposing Common Core

October 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

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.

Gov. Bill Haslam gives out pens to Overton High School students after the final ceremonially signing of the bill. Credit: Micah Bradley / WPLN

What The State’s Largest Public College System Expects From Tennessee Promise

October 13, 2014 at 5:21 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents may see 5,000 to 6,000 new students next year — meaning students who otherwise wouldn’t attend a TBR school — as a result of Tennessee Promise. Four-year schools will be competing within the system for freshmen who could go to a community college for free.

Gov. Bill Haslam met with groups of educators in West, Middle and East Tennessee to talk about the benefits of Common Core as the state standards are under attack in the legislature. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Haslam Plans Mass Vetting Of Common Core, Commits To ‘Higher Standards’

October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Governor Bill Haslam denies that his support for Common Core is softening. The questions arise because he’s spent more time defending “higher standards” than specifically Common Core in recent months.

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register will visit each of the schools in East Nashville to explain what a "choice zone" might look like. The meeting pictured here is from Inglewood Elementary, which is well under capacity. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

How East Nashville’s ‘Choice Zone’ Would Work, Explained In 90 Seconds

October 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

East Nashville may soon become a petri dish for education reform. Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register has proposed scrapping traditional schools zones in favor of a special “choice zone.” That has parents asking what on earth a choice zone is. We gave WPLN’s Blake Farmer 90 seconds to explain.

Gov. Bill Haslam has been pitching his Tennessee Promise free community college plan around the state, like at this event in Greeneville. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Universities Begin Adapting To Impact Of Free Community College

September 29, 2014 at 4:45 am

Four-year schools have sweetened scholarship packages and financial aid to transferring students.

Parents gathered Wednesday night to hear from Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register. The purple shirts are people who identify with East Nashville United, which has opposed a plan to make the schools that feed Stratford and Maplewood a special "choice" zone. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Inglewood Parents Make Plea To Keep Their School Open Amid East Nashville Shakeup

September 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

Parents crammed into the library of Inglewood Elementary Wednesday night to make their case for keeping the underperforming school open.

Teachers are saying in a new study from Vanderbilt that they are less receptive to Common Core standards in their classrooms. Credit: alamosbasement via Flickr

Survey Says Common Core Support Drops Drastically Among Tennessee Teachers

September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Teacher opinion of Common Core education standards has declined since this time last year.

Vanderbilt med students receive their white coats in a ceremony. Med school involves many traditions but a new project dubbed "Curriculum 2.0" is meant to modernize the experience. Credit: VUSM via Flickr

Vanderbilt Overhauling Med School Curriculum

September 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

Vanderbilt University is trying to rethink nearly every aspect of its medical school curriculum, and the American Medical Association likes where the school is headed.

The new school sits on Dickerson Pike, but it faces the side street. One parent said they were glad since across Dickerson Pike is an adult bookstore. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools

September 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

“Charter schools will – with nearly 100 percent certainty – have a negative fiscal impact on Metro Schools.” That’s a direct quote from a study ordered by the board of education, confirming the views of several charter skeptics on panel.

TSU's agricultural complex includes three new buildings. Credit: TSU

New TSU Ag Buildings Follow Expansion Into New Areas Of Research

September 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

Tennessee State University has cut the ribbon on a handful of new agricultural buildings. The lab facilities, greenhouses and classrooms were built in part with an $8 million grant from the USDA. And they’re part of an overall push to expand on one of the school’s original missions.

Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are instructors at Roane State Community College. Since 2005, Cantrell has taken students to spend time working on the Marine Resources Development Foundation's MarineLab project. Credit: Roane State

Tennessee Community College Instructors Prepare For 73 Days Under The Sea

September 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

Two Tennessee community college professors are prepping to spend most of the fall underwater in a lagoon off Key Largo, Florida. They’ll be submerged for 73-days straight in what amounts to an undersea apartment, setting a world record according to Guinness.

After a Farmers Insurance luncheon Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam told WPLN there will be lots of topics discussed at his education summit Thursday. He gave no specifics. Credit: Emily R. West.

Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned

September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

The governor’s office would not provide any specific details of topics or potential speakers on the agenda for Gov. Bill Haslam’s education summit this week.

MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise

MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise

September 17, 2014 at 4:52 am

MTSU’s decline in enrollment has professors worrying this is foresight into the future, and it has administrators cutting millions from the academic budget.

Andre Agassi tells a class at Rocketship's school on Dickerson Pike that he never wanted to play tennis, but it allowed him to get into what he considers a more fulfilling job building schools. Agassi said he dropped out of school in 8th grade to play tennis. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Andre Agassi Backs Nashville Charter School Building As An Investor, Not A Philanthropist

September 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Tennis great Andre Agassi has been building charter schools since his retirement, and he toured his first Nashville facility Tuesday. At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Agassi described his conversion from an education philanthropist to investor.

Vince Durnan is the director of University School of Nashville. The school was previously known as the Peabody Demonstration School, a name that's been added to the new school seal used on the entrance doors of a recent expansion. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s University School Has Avoided ‘Ancestor Worship’ But Focuses On History During 100th Year

September 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

University School of Nashville is turning 100 years old. And to mark its centennial, the private K-12 academy is trying to reconnect with its past as Peabody College’s demonstration school.

Governor Bill Haslam was a panelist at a New York Times conference on 21st Century Community College. Credit: NYT via YouTube

Haslam: Free Community College Has 4-Year Universities Trying Harder

September 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

The prospect of free community college in Tennessee has increased competition with universities, who have ramped up recruiting preemptively. Governor Bill Haslam relayed several candid conversations with college presidents at an event in New York this week.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to parents, teachers and administrators at Oliver Middle School in Nashville. Credit: U.S. Dept of Ed via Flickr

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Still Showing Love For Tennessee, Despite Growing Resistance To Reforms

September 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan just spent three days on a bus, trekking through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, cheering on teachers and administrators even as they push back on federal involvement in K-12 education.

School Superintendent Floats Extreme Measures For Charter-Heavy East Nashville

School Superintendent Floats Extreme Measures For Charter-Heavy East Nashville

September 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register is proposing to create what he’s calling a special “choice zone” in East Nashville, which will also include closing one or more zoned schools. He floated the idea to the board of education Tuesday night.

Belmont University admissions officials say 2,000 new undergraduates are on campus this year, including more than 500 transfer students. Credit: Belmont

Nashville Universities Rise In U.S. News Rankings

September 9, 2014 at 7:56 am

Nashville universities are highlighting their rising status on the US News and World Report’s annual rankings made public Tuesday morning.