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Twenty-one Metro Nashville schools, as well as the district itself, are on the state’s list of low performers. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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The University of the South has a new course offering, one that the professor says is unlike anything he’s done before: Students at Sewanee will study racial injustice and how their own university played a part in it.

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Randy Boyd, a Republican businessman and longtime ally of Gov. Bill Haslam, has been nominated to serve as the interim president of  the University of Tennessee, following the decision of the system's current leader to move up his retirement.

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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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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.

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As students return to campuses across Middle Tennessee, more of them are from overseas. Vanderbilt and Belmont have more than doubled their international freshman enrollment since 2009. Public universities like Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State have also seen gains, and it isn’t by accident.

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Leaders with Metro Nashville Public Schools learned last night that district finances are still under scrutiny from city auditors. While the results of one investigation were published last week, two other inquiries are still underway, including about district procurement practices.

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A new audit finds that the finances of Metro Nashville Public Schools were not as unusual last year as some critics feared. Officials had requested an investigation into the district’s travel expenses, the salaries of central office staff, changes to vendor contracts and overall adherence to budget constraints.

Courtesy of Volunteer State Community College

Community colleges in Tennessee are likely to see an influx of adult students as they start classes in the coming days, thanks to the official rollout of the Tennessee Reconnect grant. Higher education officials say the number of adult learners at some colleges could increase by 50 or 60 percent. 

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Austin Peay State University is breaking from the norm of public colleges in Tennessee to offer six weeks of paid parental leave for its employees. 

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