Will Tennessee Continue Allowing Virtual Schools To Operate Statewide?

Will Tennessee Continue Allowing Virtual Schools To Operate Statewide?
K-12 students end up getting most of their instruction online, though the youngest grades spend less time in front of a computer. Credit: K-12 via Facebook

This year, Tennessee lawmakers must decide whether or not to stay in the statewide cyber school business. The legislative act that paved the way for the troubled Tennessee Virtual Academy needs to be renewed.

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No Harm Done And No Need To Rerun School Lottery, Nashville Officials Say

No Harm Done And No Need To Rerun School Lottery, Nashville Officials Say
Nashville Prep students go to class from 7:30 to 5:00 and also have more instructional days than traditional schools. Credit: Nashville Prep via Instagram

A bug in Metro Schools' lottery system resulted in a few hundred families getting seats in several different schools instead of just one. But district officials say there was no harm and no need for a re-do.

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Glitches Take Down Nashville’s School Lottery

Glitches Take Down Nashville’s School Lottery
Four of the nine seats on the Metro Schools board of education are on the August ballot. Only one seat has no incumbent. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

More than 13,000 families in Nashville are still waiting to hear if they got into the school they wanted for next year. A website announcing results of the school lottery was published Friday and then taken down over the weekend after glitches emerged.

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President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?

President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?
Students at Red Bank High School in Red Bank, Tenn., raise their hands at the governor's signing of the Tennessee Promise Bill. Credit: TN Photo Services

As President Obama rolls out the details of a national free community college proposal, Tennessee’s version has been thrust into the spotlight. We've been covering Tennessee Promise since it launched late last summer. Here's how it works, in 54 seconds:

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Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For

Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For
Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Decision day comes Friday for 13,300 families in Nashville. That's how many students have applied to attend a school other than the one that's closer to home.

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If There’s A Seatbelt Law For Tennessee School Buses, Who Gets A Ticket?

If There’s A Seatbelt Law For Tennessee School Buses, Who Gets A Ticket?
Tennessee school buses are not required to have seat belts. Law enforcement officials ask how a seat belt law might be enforced. Credit: Bill McChesney via Flickr

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has some unanswered questions about a proposed law requiring seat belts on school buses. After a deadly bus collision in Knoxville, legislators immediately began calling for lap restraints.

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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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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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Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative

Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative
Cari Hassell-Morrows, who has two children at Madison Middle School, asks questions about the possibility of conversion to a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Meetings at Nashville’s Madison and Neely's Bend middle schools — over which of the two low-performing schools will be taken over by the state — turned contentious last night. The nearly two-hour discussions attracted parents, teachers, school officials and a handful of students.

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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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