Kirkpatrick Elementary Will Be Handed Over To KIPP Charter Schools

Kirkpatrick Elementary Will Be Handed Over To KIPP Charter Schools
Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register will visit each of the schools in East Nashville to explain what a "choice zone" might look like. The meeting pictured here is from Inglewood Elementary, which is well under capacity. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Metro Schools has come to a decision on which elementary will be handed over to charter operator KIPP Academy. Kirkpatrick will be making a year-by-year conversion starting next fall, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.

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Interview: Governor Haslam Justifies Corporate Subsidies Even When Money Is Tight

Tennessee's multi-million dollar corporate subsidies don't get quite the same public scrutiny that the state budget is getting this week in live-streamed hearings with Governor Bill Haslam. So in an interview with WPLN, we press Haslam to justify his recent spending on economic development incentives, especially since he’s been asking for much of state government to do more with less.

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Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties

Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties
House Speaker Beth Harwell is being challenged by the conservative wing of the legislature for being too close to Governor Bill Haslam, pictured together here at an education summit. Credit: TN Photo Services

The conservative wing of the Tennessee legislature has accused House leadership of being too cozy with the governor’s office. Bill Haslam is defending his ties, suggesting coziness is preferred over conflict.

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Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp

Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp
Nashville's top health official is making the case that the Amp could improve the health of the city's residents. (Photo Credit: Mayor's Office)

Nashville’s mayor is now saying it was never realistic to think funding for a bus rapid transit line would come through before his term ends, blaming congressional gridlock.

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Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State

Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State
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

Two Nashville middle schools have one last chance to save themselves from state takeover.

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Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville

Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville
Diane Ravitch, who writes a popular education blog and teaches at New York University, met with fans following an event at Vanderbilt University Wednesday night. In attendance were teachers union officials and some Metro school board members. Credit: David Wright Smith

A Nashville crowd of 400 was enthralled with education reform naysayer Diane Ravitch from the moment she was introduced by Metro school board member Amy Frogge to when she left the stage.

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Labor Secretary Beats The Drum On Minimum Wage In Nashville

Labor Secretary Beats The Drum On Minimum Wage In Nashville
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez (right) toured LetterLogic, a Nashville invoice processor, which pays employees a starting wage of $12 an hour. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Governor Bill Haslam said this week that raising Tennessee’s minimum wage would be a non-starter in the legislature. But the U.S. Secretary of Labor believes a majority of Tennesseans would welcome such a pay hike.

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Tennessee School Boards Want Input On Picking Education Commissioner

Tennessee School Boards Want Input On Picking Education Commissioner
The Williamson County school board has been meeting in recent weeks to discuss Common Core and whether to pass a resolution in opposition. Credit: David Wright Smith

Tennessee’s school board members are hoping for a new education commissioner who might be more receptive to their views. Kevin Huffman, who announced late last week he’s stepping down, was seen – at times – as dismissive of local districts.

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Tennessee’s Common Core Review Yields 15,000 Comments And Counting

Tennessee’s Common Core Review Yields 15,000 Comments And Counting
Governor Bill Haslam launched a review of Common Core earlier this month, and he says he really does plan to pay attention to the comments. Credit: TN Photo Services

In a process that began just 10 days ago, more than 15,000 comments have been submitted as part of a review of Common Core State Standards. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he really does intend to listen.

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