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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 […]

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Lawsuit alleges Belmont-Watkins merger violates public trust

BY: - May 15, 2020

The merger between Belmont University and Watkins College of Art remains contentious as an ongoing lawsuit raises questions about the foundations of the deal. The lawsuit boils down to a dispute on whether procedure was followed in order to dissolve a trust left by the original founder, Samuel Watkins. Attorney Kevin Teets, who represents the plaintiff, […]

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Child care closures make back to work plans tough for parents

BY: - May 14, 2020

Kingsport, Tenn. business owner Bob Feathers operates two entirely separate ventures — a 20-year-old commercial interiors firm with 38 salaried employees and a franchise restaurant with 70 mostly part-time workers who rely on tips to get by.  Feathers’ biggest operational question right now cuts across both business models: How do you get employees back at […]

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Fauci: UT students shouldn’t expect COVID-19 vaccine before fall term

BY: and - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Students preparing to head to the University of Tennessee this fall shouldn’t expect to get a COVID-19 vaccine before then, a top public health official told Congress on Tuesday.  Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees health and education, asked top Trump administration health officials at a […]

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North Nashville schools would be consolidated under new proposal

BY: - May 11, 2020

The Nashville school board will consider a plan at its Tuesday meeting to close several schools in the Pearl-Cohn and Whites Creek cluster as part of a multi-year consolidation proposal by new Director Adrienne Battle. The board isn’t likely to vote at the May 12 meeting on the consolidation plan called Metro Schools ReimaginED. In […]

A screenshot of the virtual hearing at which Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin gave her ruling on the state of Tennessee's request to allow them to continue implementing the new education voucher program pending its appeal of her ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

TN voucher law in limbo as state loses request to stay judge’s order

BY: - May 7, 2020

A Nashville judge rejected the state of Tennessee’s request to allow parents to continue applying for education savings accounts pending a legal appeal of her earlier ruling that the new law is unconstitutional. Chancellor Anne Martin ruled from the bench on Thursday that the Department of Education can accept no more applications for the new […]