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COVID cases climb among Tennessee children as schools seek to resume instruction

BY: - July 28, 2020

A football player at a Knox County Catholic high school tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks after team practice got underway in early July. Practice was suspended for another two weeks as a precaution. In Oak Ridge, a band student and an instructor tested positive for the virus at the public high school’s band camp, […]

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How virtual school will work in Nashville, according to top MNPS officials

BY: - July 21, 2020

When school officially starts in less than two weeks, thousands of Nashville students, teachers and parents will enter into the unchartered waters of virtual learning. Although Metro Nashville Public Schools offered a version of distance learning in the spring when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, virtual school was more informal, work was not graded and the […]

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

Tennessee Republicans push for in-person education as COVID cases surge

BY: - July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander — a leading voice in federal education policy in the U.S. Senate — continues to support reopening the nation’s schools even as COVID-19 cases surge in Tennessee and across the nation. But he also supports more aid to help schools reopen safely — a goal at odds with the […]

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Trump’s reversal on international students negates need for preparations

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Trump administration reversed their proposal on Tuesday to ban international students from U.S colleges if campuses transitioned to online-only classes, but local universities have already put in place policies to protect their international students. Luca Joens is one of a few international students that chose to remain on campus at Cumberland University in Lebanon […]

John Little on an April 20 podcast with the Powerful Parent Network, a movement of parents who say the education system is not working well for children in low-income communities of color and want more choice. (Photo: YouTube)

State Rep. Parkinson urges Metro Council not to appoint John Little to school board

BY: - July 14, 2020

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson really doesn’t want Metro Council to appoint political organizer John Little to the Nashville school board. Parkinson, D-Memphis, waded into the messy world of education reform politics with a letter to council members on Monday urging them to pass on Little for the appointment of a replacement to board member Anna […]

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COVID-19 in daycare: Little oversight provided by state

BY: - July 14, 2020

At least 47 Tennessee daycares have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among staff or children, though the precise number is unknown due to vague regulatory oversight by the state. Six additional daycare centers identified possible cases and are waiting on test results as of Friday, when the data was provided to the Tennessee Lookout. Daycares […]

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Challengers at final Nashville schools forum focus on incumbent

BY: - July 10, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the final virtual forum of four Thursday for Metro Nashville Schools Board candidates, and the District 1 event became contentious. District 1 has the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students, the highest percentage of students of color, the lowest literacy scores in MNPS and  average ACT score in […]

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Nashville charter schools take home millions in federal pandemic aid

BY: - July 9, 2020

Eight Nashville charter school organizations secured between $9.05 million and $22 million in federal paycheck protection program loans according to data released this week by the Small Business Administration. The PPP loans were created as a safety net for businesses that experienced interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans are forgivable if the recipient […]

A walkway at Hillwood High School in Nashville Schools District 9. (Photo: Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Nashville District 9 schools forum focuses on racial equity

BY: - July 8, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the third of four virtual forums Tuesday for school board candidates to address issues facing Metro Nashville Schools.  Russelle Ann Bradbury and Abigail Tylor are running to replace board vice chair Amy Frogge for school board representative in District 9. Bradbury has children that attend district schools […]

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Childhood experts work to minimize trauma to Tennessee kids

BY: - July 7, 2020

The pandemic and ongoing protests have put tremendous stress on families across Tennessee, and as schools begin plans to reopen, budget cuts could harm efforts to mitigate childhood trauma.  Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, is a way to measure abuse and neglect and its lasting effects from childhood into adulthood. Recent studies have shown that […]

How Metro Schools will spend $26M in CARES Act funding

BY: - July 7, 2020

Metro Nashville Public Schools will spend the largest chunk of its federal CARES Act funding on a nutritional program to provide meals to economically disadvantaged children, according to details released by the district last week. MNPS received $26 million in funding from the CARES Act, which Congress passed earlier this year in response to the […]

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COVID-19 continues to increase at DCS

BY: - July 7, 2020

The Department of Children’s Services has produced new details about youth and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in county-run detention centers, residential treatment facilities operated by DCS contractors and in Wilder Youth Development Center, DCS’ sole secure lockup for delinquent youth. In total, 185 youth and 106 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 […]