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Nashville's four school board seats on the ballot this August have attracted scant attention given the competitive statewide races and congressional contests going on. They also haven’t seen the big spending from the 2016 school board elections that turned into a referendum on charter schools.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators are recommending that the board deny the only charter school application that has come in this year.

In a report sent to board members this week, district officials criticized the proposal from the nonprofit ReThink Forward, saying it wasn't specific enough and the financial model was incomplete.

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Metro Schools superintendent Shawn Joseph was asked to defend his decision to cut the reading recovery program during his public budget hearing Wednesday with Mayor David Briley. The literacy initiative costs more than $7 million a year, employing 83 reading specialists to work with small groups of struggling readers.

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Some parents are protesting Metro School's decision to charge a fee for pre-kindergarten at locations that until now have been free. But Metro says for the quality of their program, public pre-K is still a good deal.

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Public schools in Nashville are receiving praise due to changes in discipline guidelines that have led to a decrease in suspensions by the thousands. But leaders in education point out that there are still problems — including a disproportionate number of minority students still being sent away from the classroom.

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Tennessee's attorney general has weighed in on whether school districts can withhold student data from charter schools that want it for recruiting purposes. According to the state's top attorney, they cannot.

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Metro Schools is offering as much as $6,000 in signing bonuses to help fill more than 100 lingering teacher vacancies, two weeks into the semester. The district has been quietly using bonuses all summer on a case-by-case basis but now wants more job candidates to know about them.

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Metro Schools is committing to test all drinking fountains for lead prior to the start the fall semester. This is an expansion and acceleration of lead testing that's already underway, which comes after the district has been getting pushback for glossing over potential problems with the water.

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Nashville's middle schools are adding mandatory coding class for the first time. It's part of a larger curriculum overhaul for middle grades. But the district doesn't have many coding teachers because programmers are in such high demand. So administrators turned to a local charter school that faced the same dilemma three years ago.

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Nashville's public schools have found the money for a district-wide overhaul to middle grades. Administrators said they'd be forced to scale back plans to rework curriculum for middle schools if the mayor didn't fully fund their budget. The money didn't come through, but the district is making it work anyway.

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