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The new chancellor of the University of Tennessee Knoxville laid out a lofty vision for the campus at a ceremony celebrating her new role late Friday.

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A bump in Tennessee's average ACT score this year is being linked to a new program that allows students to retake the college entrance exam for free. The state's composite score hit 20.1 for the first time, up from 19.9 in 2016.

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Nashville has received $15 million to help out some of its public magnet schools. The U.S. Department of Education grant will get distributed among five elementary schools with large Hispanic or African American populations.

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State education officials say they're "disappointed" that school districts in Nashville and Memphis won't budge. Both systems had until Monday to turn over data that would help charter schools overseen by the state recruit new students. The districts missed the deadline, even though they may lose education funding as a consequence.

The president of Nashville State Community College is retiring effective Dec. 31, the middle of the school year. His announcement Wednesday follows a lengthy tenure that was marked by impressive growth as well as flare-ups with some faculty.

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New scores meant to show student improvement for the last academic year reveal a wide discrepancy among Nashville-area districts.

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A prominent resignation spotlights a fundamental push-and-pull in Nashville's charter school movement. Internal documents have been released related to the departure of the CEO from LEAD Public Schools.

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A network of four charter schools in Nashville has settled a lawsuit over sending automated text messages to prospective families. The class-action suit accused RePublic of breaking federal communication law meant to prevent spam texting.

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Fisk University's new president wants to build more relationships in Nashville.

In a recent interview with WPLN, Kevin Rome said the historically black college has a positive reputation nationally, but locally it's battling its history of unstable leadership and financial troubles. That narrative that has long frustrated university officials, which says they have plenty to be proud of.

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Metro Schools is trying to cut a deal with state education officials over sharing student data. The state says the district is required to turn over information to charter schools that want student info for recruiting purposes. The looming legal dispute highlights a stubborn rift.