In December, a group of parents rallied in Nashville to get their kids back in the classroom. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Public Schools director backs mask mandate despite House speaker’s threat

BY: - August 4, 2021

Two days after the state House speaker threatened districts that require students to wear masks, Metro Nashville Public Schools’ director is backing a mask mandate for students indoors and on buses. Director Adrienne Battle said Wednesday she is making the push because of the “alarming rise” in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant spread, as […]

On Monday, Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton said he'll propose a school voucher program if school systems don't conduct class in person and maskless in the coming academic year. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Davidson delegation mask request puts Metro on crash course with House speaker

BY: - August 3, 2021

Hours before House Speaker Cameron Sexton threatened to seek a special session targeting school districts over COVID-19 policies, the Davidson County delegation made a push for Metro Nashville Public Schools to mandate masks for students this year. The delegation sent a letter written by Rep. John Ray Clemmons to Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Adrienne […]

Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, photographed by John Partipilo on the Tennessee Capitol.

House Speaker would require in-school learning without masks

BY: - August 2, 2021

With student test scores plummeting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, House Speaker Cameron Sexton threatened Monday to require school districts to conduct in-person learning without masks and vaccination segregation this year. Otherwise, he would call for the start of a new voucher program. In a press conference at the State Capitol, Sexton said he would seek […]

Man at Nashville rally, June 4. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Commentary: Educators will continue to teach the truth of America’s racial history

BY: - July 12, 2021

As a West Tennessee public school teacher of 18 years, my life has taken on a rhythmic pattern – pedal to the floor, hair on fire for ten months and then two months of rest during the summer.  The same process year in and year out.  June and July have always afforded me a time […]

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Commentary: In Williamson County, a public education PAC takes shape

BY: - July 8, 2021

In late 2014, a good friend texted me with something along the lines of, “Are you watching this School Board nonsense?” I think my response was, “Who watches the School Board?”  My oldest daughter was in 1st grade, and I was about as clueless as they come about anything beyond her immediate classrooms when it […]

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Education funding lawsuit could head to new 3-judge panel

BY: - July 2, 2021

A six-year-old lawsuit over the adequacy of Tennessee’s funding of public education could head to a three-judge panel, providing immediate ramifications of a new state law passed by Republicans seeking more favorable judicial outcomes. The dispute over the state’s basic education formula dates back to 2015. The lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit had been Shelby […]

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Metro Schools, MNEA launch community schools project with immigrant organizations

BY: - June 29, 2021

In Metro Nashville Public Schools, students speak more than 100 different languages and the majority of immigrants are arriving from non-English speaking countries, but many students don’t currently feel represented in their curriculum.  Members of the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA) and representatives of immigrant organizations have found over the last year that children of […]

A face mask, bedazzled with the logo of the Girl Scouts. (Photo: Tracy Rokas)

In litigation with national organization, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee continues to thrive

BY: - June 28, 2021

Little girls selling Girl Scout cookies in plexiglass face shields is just one example of why Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts are in financially better circumstances than many of their sisters across the country.  Recently the Associated Press reported that Girl Scouts of the USA  has 15 million boxes of unsold cookies and faces financial difficulties. […]

Franklin High School (Photo: Williamson County Schools)

In affluent Williamson County, an uproar over critical race theory

BY: - June 25, 2021

Amid uproar over Williamson County Schools’ curriculum, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson is questioning the district’s Wit & Wisdom reading program and whether it teaches critical race theory. Johnson, a Franklin Republican whose children attend system schools, said this week he reviewed a large part of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum and found items that […]

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Common Core booklets go to educational scrap heap

BY: - June 22, 2021

Less than a decade ago, Tennessee author Bill Carey couldn’t sell his historical booklets to school districts and teachers without a Common Core stamp on them.  Today, he fears his publications are being trashed because of a new state law banning Common Core supplemental materials after they fell out of political favor as the state […]

Tennessee State University. (Photo: TSU)

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers.  Committee Chairman David Scott, (D-Ga.), said that their testimony would help members of the committee work to […]

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Shelby Schools split with historic agency dominates county commission meeting

BY: - June 16, 2021

Shelby County Board of Commissioners addressed the dissolution of a contract between Shelby County Schools and Porter-Leath, the historic Memphis preschool agency, at Wednesday’s regular session.  Last week, Porter-Leath officials learned that Shelby County Schools would not be renewing their organization’s contract to provide thousands of students with preschool classes. For decades, Porter-Leath has provided […]