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Tennessee’s lowest performing schools now get lumped into one district. And three years in, that state-run system is finding improvement seems to accelerate over time.

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Nearly every school district in the Nashville area needs help in one subject — reading. Standardized test data released Wednesday shows language is a common sore spot.

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The largest school district in Middle Tennessee is patting itself on the back for modest improvements over last year. School-level test scores show Metro is making gains faster than the state as a whole.

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The Nashville chapter of the NAACP is hoping to revive the candidacy of a finalist who lost out on the Metro Schools superintendent’s position. 

Angela Huff, a Nashville native and African-American, is the chief of staff with Cobb County schools in Georgia. She was one of three candidates who advanced to the final round of interviews earlier this month.

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Chris Barbic nearly worked himself to death last year. At age 44, the otherwise healthy head of Tennessee’s new turnaround school district had a heart attack. Now he’s stepping down, well before his educational experimentation bears much fruit. Barbic has been one of the most closely-watched superintendents in the country. And as he leaves the job ahead of schedule, he’s raising eyebrows with what he calls an “honest” critique of charter schools.

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Tennessee’s public schools will be working this week to interpret results from the state’s standardized test, known as TCAP. School and district level data will be released to the public Wednesday.

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It’s back to the drawing board for Metro Schools and a sigh of relief for many in Williamson County. Superintendent Mike Looney announced his decision to remain at his current job Friday morning.

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More than 40 percent of students who are still eligible for Tennessee Promise have completed the final requirement before school starts: eight hours of community service. But the organization in charge of tallying the hours expects more students to finish by Aug. 1.

In exchange for receiving tuition-free community college, high school graduates are expected to volunteer or job shadow for eight hours. The state says it's a way to make students feel invested in the scholarship and start thinking about possible careers.

Two mid-state school districts are waiting to hear from one man. Mike Looney says he’ll let everyone know Friday where he plans to be superintendent. The Metro school board voted unanimously Thursday night to offer its top job to the man who currently heads Williamson County schools.


The Metro Nashville board of education wants to hire Mike Looney as superintendent more than ever. In preparing to make a formal offer Thursday, the only change suggested by board members was to strike a clause in the contract that would allow the panel to fire Looney without cause.