Education

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The mathematician known for inventing a controversial way to measure teacher effectiveness has died at age 74. Even Bill Sanders' obituary tries to explain how TVAAS works.

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More than half the students at Nashville’s Aquinas College will have to transfer to other schools to finish their degrees. The college unexpectedly announced drastic cuts this morning, including laying off 60 of its 76 employees. 

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The first class of students who went to community college for free under Tennessee Promise is graduating this spring. Some might go straight into the workforce, some plan to transfer to public universities — but private colleges are starting to make a concerted effort to recruit them, too. 

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Reading isn't usually a competitive sport. But for braille readers, it can be. In fact, a senior from the Tennessee School for the Blind was crowned the state champ last week. The friendly contest is part of a struggle to keep the written language relevant.

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The Metro Board of Education plans to officially condemn school vouchers. Several school systems around the state have passed resolutions that object to diverting tax dollars to private school tuition. Nashville's board is set to vote on a similar measure Tuesday night.

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Administrators at Vanderbilt University are urging graduate students not to form a union. In a recent email, the school's provost and dean of grad students wrote that if they organize, the relationship between the university and its students would be unnecessarily disrupted.

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Tennessee education leaders are trying to convince legislators to stand by the new TNReady standardized test, which went through a disastrous rollout last year. Some lawmakers have proposed giving districts the option go with a national test instead.

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The president of the University of Tennessee system will highlight its stronger financials and increasing graduation rates at the annual State of UT address today.

Joe DiPietro will also reiterate that the school is "committed to diversity and inclusion," he said last week.

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Updated at 5:00 p.m. with statement from Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt's lecturers and adjunct professors are trying to organize a union on campus. It would be the first faculty union at a private university in Tennessee, following a recent trend of organizing at elite schools.

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First-year superintendent Shawn Joseph's transition team has laid out 100 ideas to make Metro Schools better, and some of them would be major undertakings. Many of the suggestions are not yet fully fleshed out.

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