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The Tennessee Legislature has revived debate over granting in-state tuition to undocumented students. On Tuesday afternoon, a House subcommittee took the first action for the year, approving a bill which would allow all students who spend at least three years in a Tennessee high school to pay in-state rates at public colleges, regardless of their immigration status.

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Some parents are protesting Metro School's decision to charge a fee for pre-kindergarten at locations that until now have been free. But Metro says for the quality of their program, public pre-K is still a good deal.

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Sewanee professors want the university to rescind an honorary degree given to veteran journalist Charlie Rose two years ago.

At a faculty senate meeting Monday, the group unanimously approved an "advisory motion" that says they want to see Rose's honors revoked immediately, according to a letter sent by Sewanee's president. That will now be passed along to the school's board of regents for consideration.

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Professors in Sewanee's School of Theology have entered the debate over whether the university should revoke an honorary degree that it gave to broadcast journalist Charlie Rose in 2016.

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Sewanee, a liberal arts university in Middle Tennessee, has decided it will not revoke an honorary degree it awarded to Charlie Rose in 2016.

The veteran news anchor was accused by several women late last year of making unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, and some students at Sewanee: The University of the South had wanted its governing board to take action.

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Belmont University announced a plan Tuesday to merge with the Franklin-based O’More College of Design. This upcoming fall, all O’More students will move to Belmont’s campus in Nashville.


The plan will unite the two schools’ graphic design programs and sees Belmont taking on three others: interior design, fashion design and fashion merchandising. Belmont President Bob Fisher believes the merger comes at a good time, amid Nashville’s burgeoning fashion industry.


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Williamson County voters easily approved a half-cent sales tax increase. After the polls closed Tuesday night, two-thirds of the 12,365 ballots cast in the special referendum were in favor of increasing taxes to pay for schools.

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A higher percentage of high school seniors from Tennessee have filled out their federal financial aid forms for college than from any other state. 

It's a familiar refrain for state higher education officials: Tennessee has led the nation ever since Tennessee Promise went into effect in 2015, requiring students to fill out the financial aid form to stay eligible for free community or technical college. But the attention paid to filing rates — just one step in a long process of getting students into college — shows its importance as an indicator of how many students will end up continuing their education.

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Tennessee has put a spotlight on its community colleges in recent years, making these higher education institutions the focus of programs like Tennessee Promise. Now, state officials are trying to give technical colleges the same boost — and they're starting by trying to win over high school guidance counselors.

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Tennessee State University's marching band performed at a showcase in Atlanta this weekend that came with a hefty grant — and a shoutout to one of its most famous alumni.

The school was one of eight historically black colleges and universities selected to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands, an annual celebration of music education. TSU's marching band, called the Aristocrat of Bands, was dressed in school colors of blue and white and played in formation on a football field, at one point spelling out "OPRAH" — who, as the announcer pointed out, is a graduate of the school.