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Governor Bill Haslam has named 18 Tennessee teachers to a new advisory group, dubbed the “Teacher Cabinet.”

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Tennessee education officials have spent the week on an apology tour across the state. They say they should have been more upfront about a tweak to this year’s grading method for standardized tests. The hubbub over so-called “quick scores” reveals how complicated standardized testing can get.

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This summer, about 30,000 high school graduates may be looking for some way to get eight hours of community service. One of the requirements for Tennessee Promise, the state’s free community college program, is for students to spend time either volunteering or job shadowing — which has made some nonprofits very happy.

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Saturday is meant to be a turning point in what has been—at times—a heated debate over the future of Metro Schools. Organizers are calling for what they describe as a “reset” in the conversation.

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Children began gathering in the parking lot of Murfreesboro's Spring Valley apartments before 9 a.m. Just as scheduled, a blue and green custom painted bus rolled around the corner at 9:15.

“Chow bus! Chow bus! Chow bus!” three-year-old Gunner Fischer chanted.

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Some schools in Nashville will be offering a new foreign language next fall: Arabic. The idea is to teach students a relevant world language, as well as to engage those who already speak Arabic at home.

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Tennessee's top education official sent a message to teachers Tuesday: thanks for another year of hard work, have a great summer break, and here's some summer reading for you.

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More than 9,000 Tennessee adults have signed up for free technical college under Tennessee Reconnect, a new statewide grant that covers tuition at any of the state’s 27 colleges of applied technology. State officials are calling it a marketing success.

Students at technical colleges, or TCATs, earn certificates and degrees in fields including welding, cosmetology or information technology. The schools don't have big advertising budgets, says associate vice-chancellor Carol Puryear, and instead rely mostly on word-of-mouth recruiting. 

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The board that oversees most of the colleges in the state is again discussing how it charges students for classes. The Tennessee Board of Regents wants to encourage students to take more credit hours— without reverting a decision it made in 2009. 

Back then, students only paid up to 12 credit hours — about four classes. Any additional classes would be free.

It's graduation season for Middle Tennessee's colleges and universities, with special traditions at each one. Over the past few years, it's become a custom for Belmont University president Bob Fisher to deliver the commencement address.

He keeps it short and, in a nod to Belmont's music program and his own love of music, Fisher constructs it almost entirely out of song titles and lyrics.

Here's the speech from last year:

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