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.
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For the second election cycle in a row, the chair of Nashville’s school board has been voted out of office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metro Schools director Jesse Register has been slapped with an ethics complaint.
The board of Metro Schools will hear from the public (tomorrow night/tonight) regarding its proposed $722 million budget.
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.