Post Tagged with: "Metro Schools"

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.

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

With Improvement In Memphis, More Nashville Schools Become State’s Lowest-Performing

August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Another 10 schools in Nashville have been deemed eligible for state takeover because of their slow rate of improvement. Tennessee education officials released their list of “priority” schools Tuesday, and the number in Nashville went up, while the figures in Memphis went down.

Cheryl Mayes was elected as chair of the MNPS board following the defeat of former chair Gracie Porter in 2012. Credit: MNPS

Nashville School Board Chair Ousted, Two New Faces Added

August 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

For the second election cycle in a row, the chair of Nashville’s school board has been voted out of office.

Under a new program that's just now being rolled out in all 50 states, districts who agree to a few conditions can get reimbursed for everyone's meal ticket. Credit: USDA via Flickr

Free Lunch Will Be A Novel Concept In Nashville’s More Affluent Schools

August 5, 2014 at 4:51 am

Pizza and hot ham and cheese sandwiches are on the menu for the first day of school in Nashville. And this year, all 85,000 students eat for free thanks to federal taxpayers – even kids in wealthy parts of town who tend to bring a sack lunch from home.

On Wednesday, MNPS superintendent Jesse Register went over district-wide TCAP results while also calling to move on from the outdated test. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville Schools Report Modest Test Gains, Make Pitch To ‘Abandon’ TCAP

July 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Poor and minority students are improving faster in Nashville than they are statewide. Also, standardized test results released Wednesday show improvement in most subjects. The two problem spots are in Algebra I and English III, though district leaders say that’s partially explained by an increase in students opting for advanced courses.

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.

Jesse Register. 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.