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More students are completing their degrees at community colleges.

That's good news for the Tennessee Board of Regents, which met Thursday for its quarterly meeting. The TBR system, which includes the state's 13 public community colleges, has long struggled to raise graduation rates.

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High-achieving students coming from families that make $50,000 or less will soon be able to attend the University of Tennessee for free. 

UT President Randy Boyd announced today the system is launching a new financial aid program — called UT Promise — which will begin in the Fall of 2020 and cover tuition and fees.

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The intense scrutiny of Metro Nashville Public Schools has taken another turn. Last month, the district claimed victory when an audit found most allegations about its vendor contracts were “unsubstantiated.” But those findings have been clarified in a revised audit.

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School officials in Metro Nashville have temporarily barred teachers from using online crowdfunding sites where they can ask donors to fund classroom projects.

Now, some teachers are worried they’ll have to spend more of their own money on classroom necessities.


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A rare, segregation-era school building near downtown Nashville will likely be demolished to make way for a new home to an arts-centric high school.

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Nashville school board members are starting to consider whether to extend Director Shawn Joseph's contract, which runs out in the summer of 2020.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee  says he wants to make it easier for the state to establish charter schools.

He announced the plan Monday night during his State of the State address. It would allow a sponsor to go directly to a state-run authorizer for approval, instead of a local school district. 

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The rate of Tennessee’s college freshman taking remedial courses in math and reading at public colleges is back on the rise. And the reason appears to be the state’s free community college program — Tennessee Promise. 

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During Tuesday night's school board meeting, several members said there ought to be an extensive independent investigation into whether the Metro Nashville Public Schools Director, Shawn Joseph, violated purchasing rules in his business contracts with vendors.

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 A growing group of Nashville educators has been quietly taking professional development into their own hands. Through regular meetings and summer workshops they’re helping one another improve at their jobs, and intentionally cutting across the private-public school divide.