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Austin Peay names interim president

BY: - July 6, 2020

In a special meeting Monday morning, the Austin Peay State University board of trustees named Dannelle Whiteside as the university’s interim president until a permanent president is found.  APSU’s president for six years, Alisa White, unexpectedly announced June 19 that she will step down in August after commencement ceremonies to take the position as president […]

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NOAH hosts round two of school board interviews in Nashville

BY: - July 6, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the second of four virtual forums Thursday for school board candidates to address questions and issues facing Metro Nashville Schools, with Metro Councilmember Kyonzte Toombs (District 2) serving as moderator. Incumbents Christiane Buggs, District 5, and Freda Player-Peters, District 7, are both running without opposition.  Buggs has […]

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Breaking: Education reform operative and teachers union leader nominated for vacant school board seat

BY: - June 24, 2020

Education reform operative John Little and teachers union board member Erick Huth are among the five nominees to fill the vacant Metro Nashville Public Schools board seat following the death of board chairwoman Anna Shepherd earlier this month. Little has worked as a consultant and organizer for a number of groups that support education reform […]

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Metro Nashville Schools: Laptops won’t be ready for all students when school starts

BY: - June 23, 2020

Laptops purchased with federal pandemic recovery funds won’t be available for all Metro Nashville Public Schools students when classes resume in August, according to a district spokesman. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced earlier this month plans to spend approximately $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to buy laptops for all MNPS students and internet […]

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Austin Peay president steps down for Texas position

BY: - June 19, 2020

As universities navigate the impact of the coronavirus on their budgets and enrollment, Austin Peay State University has been handed an additional challenge to overcome. APSU President Alisa White announced Thursday morning that she will leave Clarksville this summer for a new position in Texas. An interim president has not yet been named.  Pending her […]

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Food assistance now available to families

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced on Monday that Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is now available for families needing financial support to meet their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) began providing P-EBT to families on Friday through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

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Teachers concerned budget cuts will cause strain in school reopening plans

BY: - June 11, 2020

School officials have begun to work out details to reopen school for the fall, but many educators worry that education budget cuts will put a greater strain on teachers and students alike.  Districts across Tennessee currently have task forces composed of members of the community and most have released few details about reopening schools for […]

Legislature to vote on updating lead testing for public school buildings

BY: - June 10, 2020

The Tennessee House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill to revise a 2019 law enacted to minimize potential sources of lead contamination from public school drinking water and child-care programs. Introduced by Rep. London Lamar, provisions require officials to notify parents within 24 hours when lead levels exceed legal limits, to retest within […]

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MNPS unveils plan for students to return to school

BY: - June 9, 2020

Metro Nashville Public Schools unveiled on Tuesday three different scenarios for what school will look like this fall, but the biggest question families are asking – will students return to the classroom – won’t be answered until early July. MNPS Director Adrienne Battle detailed three scenarios for how school will be conducted depending on how […]

Metro Nashville School Board Chair Anna Shepherd, right, and Jill Speering, left. (Photo: Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Metro Nashville School Board Chair Anna Shepherd dies

BY: - June 9, 2020

A representative from Metro Nashville Public Schools has confirmed Nashville school board chairwoman Anna Jenesse Shepherd died Monday night. She was 68. Shepherd represented eastern Davidson County on the school board. Shepherd had been ill and was in the hospital She was elected to the board in 2010 and in the midst of her second […]

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COVID-19 pandemic upends graduations across the state

BY: - May 25, 2020

As the academic year officially comes to a close, schools from across the state are conflicted about graduation and whether officials can provide as traditional a ceremony as the epidemic allows.  Gov. Bill Lee extended Tennessee’s State of Emergency declaration until June 30, which leaves school officials to choose between holding ceremonies under strict social-distancing […]

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School board votes to close North Nashville schools under consolidation plan

BY: - May 19, 2020

Nearly a decade of school choice policy that saw parents in North Nashville choose charter schools or other district schools came home to roost on Tuesday when the Nashville school board voted to close four schools under a cost-saving consolidation plan. The school board, which met remotely because of social distancing due to COVID-19, unanimously […]