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The Tennessee Department of Education has been ordered to respond soon to a lawsuit filed by Measurement Incorporated that seeks $25.7 million in payment from the state.

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Williamson County voters will decide early next year whether to raise the local sales tax by half a cent to help fund the school district. The local option rate would go from 2.25 to 2.75 cents if approved.

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The governor is hearing funding requests from every department in the state this week, and the routine is a familiar one — hit him with the highlights and then ask for money. 

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Tennessee lawmakers were surprised to hear that widespread grading errors in the new standardized test might have gone undetected if not for a school's concern about a high performing student. This week legislators are holding a hearing on problems with TNReady.

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The National Labor Relations Board has told Vanderbilt it must count all but one of the challenged ballots from a vote on whether to unionize in June. Adjunct professors and full-time instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences were trying to gain collective bargaining. But the university had challenged whether some faculty members should be allowed to weigh in. A total of 28 were in question — enough to swing the outcome.

UT Knoxville

The new chancellor of the University of Tennessee Knoxville laid out a lofty vision for the campus at a ceremony celebrating her new role late Friday.

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A bump in Tennessee's average ACT score this year is being linked to a new program that allows students to retake the college entrance exam for free. The state's composite score hit 20.1 for the first time, up from 19.9 in 2016.

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Nashville has received $15 million to help out some of its public magnet schools. The U.S. Department of Education grant will get distributed among five elementary schools with large Hispanic or African American populations.

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State education officials say they're "disappointed" that school districts in Nashville and Memphis won't budge. Both systems had until Monday to turn over data that would help charter schools overseen by the state recruit new students. The districts missed the deadline, even though they may lose education funding as a consequence.

The president of Nashville State Community College is retiring effective Dec. 31, the middle of the school year. His announcement Wednesday follows a lengthy tenure that was marked by impressive growth as well as flare-ups with some faculty.

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