Post Tagged with: "MNPS"

Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Nashville Schools Re-brand, Beef Up Middle Grades To Stem Student Loss

August 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Don’t call it “middle school” in Nashville any more. The public school system is re-branding grades five through eight as “middle preps” and adding foreign languages and extracurriculars in an effort to compete with private schools and other county systems.

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MNPS superintendent Jesse Register went over district-wide TCAP results while also calling to move on from the outdated test.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.

It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Nashville School Board Candidates Wander All Over The Map On Common Core

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

Common Core has become a clear differentiator in Nashville’s school board races. Incumbents are confident in the new education standards adopted by most states. Challengers range from confused to fed up.

Four seats on the Metro Schools board of education are on the ballot, and charter schools in the district have become one of the few differentiators between the candidates. Credit: Metro Photo Services

Nashville School Board Candidates Heed Register’s Truce On Charters

July 18, 2014 at 4:44 am

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register has called for more civility in the sometimes-toxic debate over charter schools. Candidates for school board are having no trouble complying.

Nashville Schools Refuse To Include TCAP Results In Final Grades

Nashville Schools Refuse To Include TCAP Results In Final Grades

May 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The largest school system in Middle Tennessee won’t include standardized test scores in final grades this year, even though the results are available now. Metro Schools officials say the so-called TCAP test doesn’t match up very well with what students are learning anyway.

Stratford High School, one of twelve schools on MNPS Director Jesse Register's list of potential closures. (credit: MNPS)

Metro School Board Doesn’t Plan to Close Schools, But Hasn’t Ruled It Out, Either

March 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

The Metro School Board does not have plans to close any schools right now, but that doesn’t mean the idea won’t come up later. The board is facing a $15 million shortfall, based on a budget proposed by Schools Director Jesse Register

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.

Smithson-Craighead Middle to Close, Charter Revoked

Smithson-Craighead Middle to Close, Charter Revoked

November 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Parents and students from Nashville’s Smithson-Craighead Middle School packed a district board meeting Tuesday night, asking for one more chance. The board ultimately revoked the school’s charter after three years of abysmal scores.

MNPS 1st Choice Fair Attracts Some Private School Parents

MNPS 1st Choice Fair Attracts Some Private School Parents

October 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

Hundreds of Davidson County parents roamed the halls of McGavock High School Thursday night meeting face-to-face with principals. The district is trying to win over families who aren’t already sending their kids to Metro Schools.

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.”

MNPS Board Refuses to Follow State Directive

MNPS Board Refuses to Follow State Directive

August 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

A power struggle played out at the Metro Schools central office Tuesday night. The school board bucked a state directive and refused to approve a charter application by Great Hearts Academies.

MNPS Board to Formally Approve Great Hearts, 2013-2014 Calendar

August 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

After months of intense debate, Tuesday the Metro School board is expected to approve a charter school application from Great Hearts Academies. The vote is a formality since the state board of education trumped Metro’s first decision.

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.

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.

MNPS to Cut 100 Stimulus-Funded Jobs

May 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

There will be at least 100 fewer people working with students who have disabilities in Metro Schools next year. The district announced the job cuts today, blaming an end of federal stimulus money.

Union Files Ethics Complaints Against Register, School Board

March 22, 2012 at 7:14 am

Metro Schools director Jesse Register has been slapped with an ethics complaint.

Public to Weigh in on Larger MNPS Budget

March 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The board of Metro Schools will hear from the public (tomorrow night/tonight) regarding its proposed $722 million budget.

Metro Students Travel to Meet First Lady

February 17, 2012 at 5:33 am

Ten students from Metro Schools have been chosen to travel to the White House next week. Being selected was an emotional experience for some of the high schoolers.