Inglewood Parents Make Plea To Keep Their School Open Amid East Nashville Shakeup

Inglewood Parents Make Plea To Keep Their School Open Amid East Nashville Shakeup
Parents gathered Wednesday night to hear from Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register. The purple shirts are people who identify with East Nashville United, which has opposed a plan to make the schools that feed Stratford and Maplewood a special "choice" zone. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Parents crammed into the library of Inglewood Elementary Wednesday night to make their case for keeping the underperforming school open.

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Vanderbilt Overhauling Med School Curriculum

Vanderbilt Overhauling Med School Curriculum
Vanderbilt med students receive their white coats in a ceremony. Med school involves many traditions but a new project dubbed "Curriculum 2.0" is meant to modernize the experience. Credit: VUSM via Flickr

Vanderbilt University is trying to rethink nearly every aspect of its medical school curriculum, and the American Medical Association likes where the school is headed.

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Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools

Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools
The new school sits on Dickerson Pike, but it faces the side street. One parent said they were glad since across Dickerson Pike is an adult bookstore. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

“Charter schools will – with nearly 100 percent certainty – have a negative fiscal impact on Metro Schools.” That’s a direct quote from a study ordered by the board of education, confirming the views of several charter skeptics on panel.

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Tennessee Community College Instructors Prepare For 73 Days Under The Sea

Tennessee Community College Instructors Prepare For 73 Days Under The Sea
Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are instructors at Roane State Community College. Since 2005, Cantrell has taken students to spend time working on the Marine Resources Development Foundation's MarineLab project. Credit: Roane State

Two Tennessee community college professors are prepping to spend most of the fall underwater in a lagoon off Key Largo, Florida. They’ll be submerged for 73-days straight in what amounts to an undersea apartment, setting a world record according to Guinness.

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Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned

Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned
After a Farmers Insurance luncheon Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam told WPLN there will be lots of topics discussed at his education summit Thursday. He gave no specifics. Credit: Emily R. West.

The governor's office would not provide any specific details of topics or potential speakers on the agenda for Gov. Bill Haslam's education summit this week.

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MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise

MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise
MTSU will be encouraging students to choose a major or focus area before they step foot on campus, although the school isn't eliminating the "undeclared" option yet. Credit: Emily R. West / WPLN

MTSU's decline in enrollment has professors worrying this is foresight into the future, and it has administrators cutting millions from the academic budget.

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Andre Agassi Backs Nashville Charter School Building As An Investor, Not A Philanthropist

Andre Agassi Backs Nashville Charter School Building As An Investor, Not A Philanthropist
Andre Agassi tells a class at Rocketship's school on Dickerson Pike that he never wanted to play tennis, but it allowed him to get into what he considers a more fulfilling job building schools. Agassi said he dropped out of school in 8th grade to play tennis. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennis great Andre Agassi has been building charter schools since his retirement, and he toured his first Nashville facility Tuesday. At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Agassi described his conversion from an education philanthropist to investor.

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Nashville’s University School Has Avoided ‘Ancestor Worship’ But Focuses On History During 100th Year

Nashville’s University School Has Avoided ‘Ancestor Worship’ But Focuses On History During 100th Year
Vince Durnan is the director of University School of Nashville. The school was previously known as the Peabody Demonstration School, a name that's been added to the new school seal used on the entrance doors of a recent expansion. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

University School of Nashville is turning 100 years old. And to mark its centennial, the private K-12 academy is trying to reconnect with its past as Peabody College’s demonstration school.

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Haslam: Free Community College Has 4-Year Universities Trying Harder

Haslam: Free Community College Has 4-Year Universities Trying Harder
Governor Bill Haslam was a panelist at a New York Times conference on 21st Century Community College. Credit: NYT via YouTube

The prospect of free community college in Tennessee has increased competition with universities, who have ramped up recruiting preemptively. Governor Bill Haslam relayed several candid conversations with college presidents at an event in New York this week.

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Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Still Showing Love For Tennessee, Despite Growing Resistance To Reforms

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Still Showing Love For Tennessee, Despite Growing Resistance To Reforms
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to parents, teachers and administrators at Oliver Middle School in Nashville. Credit: U.S. Dept of Ed via Flickr

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan just spent three days on a bus, trekking through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, cheering on teachers and administrators even as they push back on federal involvement in K-12 education.

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U.S. Secretary Of Education: States (Like Tennessee) Need ‘Courage’ To Implement Common Core

U.S. Secretary Of Education: States (Like Tennessee) Need ‘Courage’ To Implement Common Core
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on a panel at Brick Church Middle School, which is transitioning to become a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Arne Duncan praised Tennessee for setting higher standards in schools but said the state is focusing on the wrong battles. His visit came shortly after state lawmakers delayed a testing portion of the Common Core.

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