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Nashville's public schools have found the money for a district-wide overhaul to middle grades. Administrators said they'd be forced to scale back plans to rework curriculum for middle schools if the mayor didn't fully fund their budget. The money didn't come through, but the district is making it work anyway.

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Metro Schools officials highlighted the lack of funding for some pet projects when appearing for a budget hearing before the Metro Council Tuesday night.

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The biggest hang-up with standardized testing in Tennessee this year seems to be the turnaround time for grading. Many of the scores won't be ready in time to be included in final report cards. Scoring of TNReady has been slowed down because most districts opted to stick with paper-based tests after last year's failed attempt to go paperless.

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Nashville's public school employees have a 26,000-square-foot fitness gym and walk-in clinic that they can now use for free. The perk is meant to be the first of several wellness centers. And it's part of a larger effort to drive down insurance costs.

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Metro Schools will now be broken down into four, distinct geographic regions. The district named new leaders for each area on Thursday. The decision was based largely on how often students are moving from school to school.

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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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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.

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First-year superintendent Shawn Joseph's transition team has laid out 100 ideas to make Metro Schools better, and some of them would be major undertakings. Many of the suggestions are not yet fully fleshed out.

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Bellevue parents have convinced the Metro board of education to relocate Hillwood, despite concerns that it could hurt the high school's diversity.

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The Nashville school board votes tonight on whether to move Hillwood High School in West Meade, farther west, towards Bellevue. It’s something parents there have been begging for.

But Hillwood is complicated. In an effort to bring more racial balance to the school, 14 percent of its students are still bused in from a predominantly black part of town. But North Nashville hasn't had a lot to say about the move.

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