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Tennessee lawmakers want to verify that school districts in Nashville and Memphis are giving privately-run charters their fair share of funding. Turns out, the two cities are using slightly different formulas to calculate how much they owe. 

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His teachers say that, a year ago, it was a struggle to get Andrew Gong engaged.

That made it all the more shocking when three weeks into this school year, Andrew stood before the student body at Fall-Hamilton Elementary to share a song he'd written.

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Nashville's public schools have officially joined the legal fight over state funding. The district follows Memphis and Chattanooga in suing Governor Bill Haslam to get more education money. But the complaint — approved in June and filed on Thursday — is particular to Nashville.

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An annual audit released Monday found that Tennessee State University made some significant errors in recent financial statements. The state comptroller's office also cited the school for not reporting enrollment changes quickly enough. 

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There was quinoa, there were chia seeds — and now, researchers at Tennessee State University are growing what they hope will be the next big superfood, if enough Americans can get excited about eating it.

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The incumbents on the Metro school board all kept their seats on election night, despite heavy out-of-state spending from charter school advocates for most of their opponents. Some voters saw the races as a referendum on the privately-run schools.

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While Fisk University was fighting a drawn-out legal battle over the fate of a high-profile art collection, it quietly sold two other paintings in the school's archives. That twist in the story was first reported Tuesday in the New York Times.

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Nashville's new superintendent says he's steering clear of the testy school board races going on now. Shawn Joseph was hired unanimously by the nine-member panel this summer.

Middle Tennessee mailboxes are filling with campaign flyers for school board candidates. And one is getting extra scrutiny because it asks that voters re-elect someone who has never held office.

Both our current president and the presumptive Democratic nominee have talked a lot about expanding early childhood education. President Obama has backed up his rhetoric by creating Preschool Development Grants.