As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding

As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding
Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

The agency charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools has to find new funding. The Achievement School District was born in 2010 out of the Race to the Top program. All of that prize money will be gone next year.

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Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief

Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief
Randy Boyd previously was a "special adviser" - unpaid - to Governor Bill Haslam overseeing his "Driver to 55," an effort to increase college attainment rates in the state. Credit: TN Photo Services

The businessman who previously volunteered to spearhead a push to get more Tennesseans finishing college has now been named commissioner of the Economic and Community Development Department.

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UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier

UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier
Dennis Williams has been elected UAW president since the failed vote at Volkswagen in February. Credit: UAW via Facebook

The United Auto Workers’ recent recognition at VW in Tennessee – though short of collective bargaining – may make future unionizing more difficult in the region. That’s the opinion of UAW president Dennis Williams, who briefed reporters Monday.

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Nashville’s Uninsured Rush To Sign Up For Obamacare Health Plans Before Deadline

Nashville’s Uninsured Rush To Sign Up For Obamacare Health Plans Before Deadline
Sydney Jordan (right) discusses her health insurance circumstances with a certified counselor, who is waiting on hold for help from the federal Marketplace. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s Obamacare Navigators – who help people sign up for insurance plans on the federal Marketplace – are expecting a rush over the weekend. Monday is the last day to apply for coverage and have it kick in by January 1st.

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Here’s How Middle Tennessee Congressmen Voted On Last-Minute Spending Bill

Here’s How Middle Tennessee Congressmen Voted On Last-Minute Spending Bill
Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) says she preferred not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and voted for a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next two years. Credit: TN Photo Services

Congresswoman Diane Black was the Nashville area’s only representative to vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the House Thursday night.

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Federal Grant Puts Nashville A ‘Giant Step’ Closer To Universal Pre-K

Federal Grant Puts Nashville A ‘Giant Step’ Closer To Universal Pre-K
Metro Schools opened three new pre-K centers this fall, including this facility at Casa Azafran on Nolensville Rd. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the district has 155 classrooms at 57 sites. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Metro Schools will get $33 million from the federal government over the next four years to expand pre-kindergarten - an amount that comes close to how much the district got from the much-heralded Race to the Top program.

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