Post Tagged with: "Metro Schools"

Mother Rita Mathe speaks at an announcement of Teach for America's new summer program in Nashville. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

TFA Starts Summer Study Program As Training Ground For Nashville Recruits

May 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Teach for America has launched a summer program for kids in Nashville meant to kill two birds with one stone. It’s a training ground for TFA recruits as well as a way to prevent what’s known as “summer learning loss” for kids who might otherwise spend June and July in front of a TV.

Usher put on a Gra-Mar Middle School t-shirt to give an encouraging word to students before this week's TCAP tests. Credit: MNPS via YouTube

As Tennessee Schools Stress Testing, Some Students Are Driven To Tears

April 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

TCAP – the state’s high-stakes standardized test – begins this week, and school districts have gone to great lengths to pump kids up. At the same time, the testing has driven some students to tears.

MNPS director Jesse Register sent an email to teachers Thursday morning to explain that performance pay plans would be differed. Credit: Belmont University

Metro Schools Won’t Be Paying Teachers For Performance Any Time Soon

February 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Nashville’s public schools are backing away from a proposal to pay teachers for how they perform in new evaluations and how well their students do on standardized tests. Performance pay is being put off, according to an email sent to teachers:

MNPS Aims To Be No.1 In Five-Year Strategic Plan

MNPS Aims To Be No.1 In Five-Year Strategic Plan

August 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Nashville’s public schools are setting very specific goals to reach by 2018. They include becoming the top urban school system in the country. Superintendent Jesse Register was praised Tuesday night for aiming high in a new strategic plan.

Charter Schools Emphasized in Chamber of Commerce Report

December 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce released its annual Education Report Card today, with a lot of talk about charter schools.

The Choice: A School Fight Over Middle Class Families

The Choice: A School Fight Over Middle Class Families

November 30, 2012 at 5:56 am

Metro Nashville Public Schools has followed suit with other urban districts and made it so parents have much more say in where their kid will attend. But even with an expanding menu of charters, magnets and language immersion programs, Metro still has convincing left to do with some parents after decades of mixed academic results.

Great Hearts Backs Down After Fourth MNPS Rejection

September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Great Hearts Academies is done trying to open a charter school in Nashville for now. The Arizona-based organization says in a statement that at this point “a successful school opening would be impossible.”

Appeal on the Way in Desegregation Lawsuit

Appeal on the Way in Desegregation Lawsuit

July 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

The desegregation lawsuit over Metro School’s zoning plan is not over. The local chapter of the NAACP formally announced today it will appeal a ruling handed down last week.

Metro Schools Show Progress Closing ‘Achievement Gap’

Metro Schools Show Progress Closing ‘Achievement Gap’

July 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Top officials with Metro Schools say they made progress this past year toward closing what’s called the “achievement gap.” That means catching up groups such as poor students or those learning English. It’s something Metro had to show progress on to avoid a “warning” status from the state.

Great Hearts’ State Appeal Hinges on Question of Diversity

Great Hearts’ State Appeal Hinges on Question of Diversity

July 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm

An Arizona-based charter-school operator hoping to expand into Nashville appealed its case to the state Tuesday, after it was rejected by Metro last month. Officials sparred over whether the proposal from Great Hearts Academies will allow for enough student diversity.

Teach for America Alums Face Off in School Board Race

Teach for America Alums Face Off in School Board Race

July 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

Listen Now: Teach for America is making incremental moves from the classroom to the political arena. The program recruits college grads who studied something other than education to spend two years teaching in underperforming schools. Several are going on to win elected office, and more are right behind them. A school board race in East Nashville pits TFA alums against one another.

Adjuncts to Fill Teaching Gaps in Metro Schools

Adjuncts to Fill Teaching Gaps in Metro Schools

July 6, 2012 at 5:57 am

Metro Schools will rely on adjunct instructors this year to teach subjects ranging from algebra to bluegrass and mariachi. It’s the district’s foray into hiring on a course-by-course basis.

Charter Schools Topic du Jour in MNPS Board Race

Charter Schools Topic du Jour in MNPS Board Race

June 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Candidates in the race to unseat Metro Schools board chair are trying to clarify their positions on charters. The privately-run but publicly-financed schools have become something of a hot-button.

End Of Course Score Delay Affects Graduates

May 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

High school graduations in Nashville begin tomorrow, but some of the diplomas handed out will just be empty placeholders.

ACT Scores Not Rising Fast Enough For Chamber

December 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Business leaders say it’s time for Metro Schools to pick up the pace, particularly when it comes to the ACT college entrance exam.

Mayor Dean to Attack College Graduation Rate with Summer Academy

Mayor Dean to Attack College Graduation Rate with Summer Academy

October 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean plans to start a summer academy focused on raising ACT scores and helping students fill out financial aid forms. It’s the first element of his plan to double college graduation rates in five years, a lofty goal he announced during his inaugural address last month.

“Music Makes Us” to Roll Out in Metro Schools

“Music Makes Us” to Roll Out in Metro Schools

September 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Part of living up to the Music City monicker is making sure music education in Nashville schools is top notch. That’s the message today from city leaders announcing a new plan to expand school music programs to include training that lines up with what happens in places like Music Row.

Metro Schools Moves Up Start Date to August 1st

August 24, 2011 at 5:55 am

Tuesday night Nashville’s Board of Education passed on the school district’s first choice for a balanced calendar but did approve a start date of August 1st next year. That will give students a week-long break from class in the fall and an extended spring break, while still getting out for summer by May 24th.

Metro Schools Tally of Struggling Schools Rises

Metro Schools Tally of Struggling Schools Rises

August 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

The number of Metro schools in trouble under No Child Left Behind has shot up from 32 to 55. But district officials say the test data shows plenty to be happy about.

Public Meeting Will Discuss Possible School Calendar Changes

July 25, 2011 at 4:44 am

Options for next year’s Metro schools calendar are up for discussion at a public meeting Monday evening.