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A North Nashville school, Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School, is fighting declining enrollment by trying out some innovative programs. It hopes these will broaden the horizons of the low-income students it’s traditionally served — and also entice wealthier families moving into the neighborhood to give the school a chance.

Nearly 2,300 teachers have just had a mountain of student loan debt lifted off their backs, according to previously unreleased figures from the U.S. Department of Education. The move follows reporting by NPR that exposed a nightmare for public school teachers across the country.

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Fisk University breaks ground Friday on a new building for the first time in nearly three decades. School leaders hope it will get the attention of Nashville's business community on the historically black college and its students. 

The Roland G. Parrish Center for Career Planning and Development will be sleek and modular, according to its renderings — a change from some of the ornate, Gothic Revival buildings on campus.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley dedicated the largest amount of time in his State of Metro speech on Tuesday to discussing the public school system, which he called his top priority.

Briley also showed he’s willing to use sharp words to try to influence the district’s leaders. But there’s only so much the mayor can do for the schools on his own.

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Williamson County Schools recently decided to do away with a series of training videos meant to help teachers better approach sensitive subjects like race.

The move came after pressure from the Williamson County Republican Party, which objected to a section on privilege. It also followed allegations of racially motivated bullying and complaints about insensitive homework assignments, leading two teachers to resign.

Adrienne Battle
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Adrienne Battle takes over Monday as the interim head of Metro Nashville Public Schools, following last week's departure of director of schools Shawn Joseph after nearly three years in charge.

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The Metro Nashville school board voted to terminate Director Shawn Joseph's contract Tuesday night in a 5-to-3 vote. As part of that decision, the district will buy out the remainder his contract for $261,250.

The board also voted to make MNPS Community Superintendent Dr. Adrienne Battle the interim director of schools. She will be the first African American woman to hold the position.

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Vanderbilt's Nicholas Zeppos is being praised for his leadership of the school, particularly in terms of bringing more diversity to the campus.

The university chancellor announced Tuesday that he's stepping down after more than a decade. He cited health concerns.

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Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos is stepping down due to health problems.

The university announced Zeppos will leave the position in August but plans to return to the school as a law professor after a yearlong sabbatical. No details about his health were disclosed.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley says he’s going to play a heavier role in the search for a new director of public schools, telling reporters at a press conference today that he intends to use the power of the purse to give his office more say over how the school board operates.