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Shalina Chatlani

Emerging Voices Fellow

Shalina Chatlani is the 2018-19 Emerging Voices Fellow. Previously she was the associate editor for Education Dive, a contributing reporter for The Rio Times in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and an intern for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. 

Shalina graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs and later graduated from Georgetown's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a master's degree in Communication, Culture and Technology. Shalina is a fan of live music, outer space discussions and southern literature.

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A new pilot program to help at-risk youth stay out of trouble is coming to Nashville. The initiative, named Restorative Justice, is the first of its kind in Tennessee.

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The Middle Tennessee State University board unanimously approved plans Wednesday to transfer Indiana-based Valparaiso University’s law school to its Murfreesboro campus. The school’s leadership says the move makes sense for its mission and the region’s needs.

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A new study from Middle Tennessee State University suggests members of women’s basketball teams at historically black colleges and universities are disproportionately penalized.

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After a Nashville police officer was charged with homicide last week, questions are likely to emerge about the man he fatally shot — Daniel Hambrick.

His mother says that, in any trial that may proceed, she hopes the portrait painted of her son includes her vision of him.

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Daniel Hambrick's family says homicide charges brought last week against Metro Nashville Officer Andrew Delke, who fatally shot Hambrick, are a “good first step.”

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Charter school network Valor Collegiate Academies marked the opening of its new high school Wednesday, and during the event state officials praised the school for its “diverse-by-design” approach.

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University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Monday that he'll step down after seven years in charge, a move he's been planning for a while but still comes sooner than some had anticipated.

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Musicians and their advocates are claiming it’s only a matter of weeks before copyright reform legislation passes. The long-awaited Music Modernization Act has bipartisan support.

The measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, but it's been stalled in the Senate, amid a heavy lobbying campaign from private companies involved in collecting and distributing royalties.

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Tennessee Promise, the state’s free community college program for eligible high school seniors, could be shortchanging low-income students. Researchers say these students are often saddled with non-tuition expenses, which the program doesn’t pay for.

But a top education official in Tennessee argues their findings fail to take into account efforts to help needy students connect with sources of financial aid, as well as evidence that thousands of low-income students have enrolled in college as a result of the program.