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Metro Schools plans to spend heavily on non-English speakers in the coming year. Immigrant students were a focus of superintendent Shawn Joseph's first "state of schools" address.

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Tennessee has submitted its plan to federal authorities to replace the No Child Left Behind accountability system. And education officials say growth will get new weight in some areas.

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Vanderbilt has long had a reputation for attracting wealthy students. However,  no one knew exactly how wealthy  until earlier this year. That’s when economists at Stanford, Harvard and Brown released a massive new dataset on America’s colleges and universities.

It found that nearly a quarter of Vanderbilt students come from families in the top 1 percent of earners. That makes Vanderbilt one of the wealthiest schools in the nation — number four, to be exact. 

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In Tennessee's most rural school districts, nearly a third of students are graduating without the required two years of a foreign language. And a district with some of the highest use of foreign language waivers defends the practice as helpful to students.

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Six public universities who had been part of the Tennessee Board of Regents are holding their first independent board meetings over the next few weeks.

It marks a major change in the way decisions at the schools are made. When the president of Tennessee Tech University, Philip Oldham, opened its inaugural board meeting on Thursday, he called it "truly a historic occasion."

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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.