Education

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.

Senators Mike Bell and Dolores Gresham are questioning the materials the College Board is providing teachers.

Two Tennessee Senators Pick A Bone With Advanced Placement History Guidelines

August 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

The topics in history left out of guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History have left two Republican senators questioning teachers should cover in Tennessee classrooms.

Tennessee State University Tries To Defray ‘Sticker Shock’ Of Buying Textbooks

Tennessee State University Tries To Defray ‘Sticker Shock’ Of Buying Textbooks

July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

The college has negotiated with textbook publishers to lower their prices — probably because not a whole lot of students were buying from them anyway. Students will now be able to access their general education textbooks online for $365 per semester.

Companies that distribute online courses are among the most successful in education technology right now. Credit: nyuhuhuu via Flickr

Education Startups Are Booming Nationwide, And Nashville Has A Few In The Mix

June 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

But unlike healthcare, education remains just a tiny sliver of Nashville’s growing tech industry. One ed-tech founder says he only knows of three companies in the area that have traction and funding.

Nashville Public Schools To Follow City’s Lead On Recognizing Domestic Partnerships

Nashville Public Schools To Follow City’s Lead On Recognizing Domestic Partnerships

June 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

If the Metro adopts an ordinance extending employee benefits to same-sex couples, the school district will do the same. Without this decision, teachers and other certificated staff wouldn’t have been included.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on a panel at Brick Church Middle School, which is transitioning to become a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

U.S. Secretary Of Education: States (Like Tennessee) Need ‘Courage’ To Implement Common Core

May 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Arne Duncan praised Tennessee for setting higher standards in schools but said the state is focusing on the wrong battles. His visit came shortly after state lawmakers delayed a testing portion of the Common Core.

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

Governor Finishes Promotional Tour Of ‘Tennessee Promise’ Bill Signings

May 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam signed this bill into law today — for the seventh time. He’s been holding ceremonies around the state to talk about the push for more college graduates. The legislation will let any Tennessee resident attend community college for free.

Community Colleges Have Room For An Influx Of Students, But Will Tennessee’s Budget?

Community Colleges Have Room For An Influx Of Students, But Will Tennessee’s Budget?

May 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

The man in charge of Tennessee’s community colleges and tech schools says there’s plenty of room for an expected influx of students—around 5,600 over the next few years, according to one estimate.

Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

April 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Methamphetamine, Nashville’s proposed bus line, and a new statewide test tied to the Common Core: All three have led to dueling proposals in the state House and Senate, and all three are being hashed out by select groups of six lawmakers, known as conference committees.

House Democratic Leader Craigh Fitzhugh (center) and Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (right) say to gain ground they have to capitalize on rifts in the GOP supermajority. (Photo courtesy Sean Braisted)

Amid GOP Rifts Over Guns And Vouchers, Democrats Claim Small Victories

April 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Democrats are claiming victory for a series of legislative misfires over the last two days, pointing to the demise of a pair of controversial gun bills as well as a hard-fought school vouchers plan. But the bills’ failures may have as much to do with Republican infighting.

State Charter Authorizer Legislation Sent To Governor

State Charter Authorizer Legislation Sent To Governor

April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Charter schools trying to open in Tennessee could soon get permission directly from the state school board, if their local school district refuses. Legislation letting the state function as a so-called “charter authorizer” is on its way to the governor.

"We have the (Common Core) standards, but the implementation and the testing are still concerns," Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris told reporters Thursday. "A lot has been passed this year that deals with concerns we had about Common Core - not the standards, but curriculum, and data mining, and all those issues - and I think when the dust settles and people have a chance to look back and focus on some of these pretty voluminous bills, they'll see that we addressed a lot of the concerns that the public had about 'Common Core,' quote unquote, in general." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Scratch One For Common Core Skeptics: Deal May Delay Statewide Test

April 11, 2014 at 2:28 am

A push to delay the test, known as the PARCC, set to start next school year, has been a flashpoint in the state legislature this spring.

Lawmakers Grant In-State Tuition To Children Of Undocumented Immigrants

Lawmakers Grant In-State Tuition To Children Of Undocumented Immigrants

April 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

The bill passed the House 63 to 27, with little debate, marking a distinct shift from a few years ago, when lawmakers called such young people “anchor babies” and sought to make Tennessee a less welcoming place for undocumented immigrants.