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Tennessee’s Department of Education has hired publishing giant Pearson to grade this year's standardized testing, which was only partially finished.

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It’s the afternoon lull at Bongo Java East. Five students from KIPP Academy are tripping over each other behind the counter, trying to show off what they’ve learned. Grinding espresso beans. Packing the grounds. Steaming milk.

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The Metro school board has found a superintendent everyone can agree on. Friday morning, the nine-member panel voted unanimously to offer the job to Shawn Joseph of Prince George’s County, Maryland. And after more than an hour of negotiating by phone, Joseph accepted the position.

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Nashville students could get a few more second chances if Jesus Jara is chosen as superintendent. As part of his final round of interviews, he highlighted so-called “restorative justice” practices from his district in Orlando. 

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Nashville’s superintendent candidates who’ve returned for a second round of interviews are facing more specific questions about the district’s persistent problems. One problem is elevated teacher absences and a shortage of substitutes. Finalist Allen Smith says there’s no excuse for interfering with instruction.

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A finalist to be Nashville’s next superintendent called for unity on the school board during his callback interview Tuesday. Shawn Joseph also said he planned to be an open book, if he’s hired.

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Students at two Nashville high schools are getting some extra help as they prepare for college, and even as they start pursuing a degree.

 

A new in-school support program, the First Tennessee Foundation Success Generation, will provide students with mentors as they navigate through things like entrance exams and application deadlines.

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In a weekend full of pomp and circumstance, with thousands of college students graduating around Middle Tennessee, one student in particular stood out: 87-year-old Lorraine Guth.

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The Metro school board narrowed the search to three finalists on Friday morning. And this week each of them will take questions at community forums. The first is Shawn Joseph, who is deputy superintendent in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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It’s still unclear how Tennessee schools will be measured this year after standardized testing was delayed and ultimately canceled.

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