Education

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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.

School board
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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.

Shawn Joseph
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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.

University of Tennessee

A search committee of high-ranking professors and staff at the University of Tennessee Knoxville met for the first time yesterday to discuss what they're looking for in a new leader, the next step in replacing outgoing Chancellor Jimmy Cheek

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As newly-hired Metro Schools superintendent Shawn Joseph relocates his family from Prince George's County, Maryland, he faces a familiar struggle — where to send the kids. He's the first director of schools in more than a decade to bring school-age children — Ava and Isaiah.

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The Tennessee Department of Education has signed a contract with a new testing company following the failed switch to online assessments this year. But education leaders are hesitant to give computer-based testing another go right away.

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Nashville’s pre-K program is adding 276 more slots this year, thanks to a 4-year federal grant. And the recent growth has opened up space for middle-class families to attend for the first time. 

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