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Several community colleges are holding a volunteer day this Saturday, as part of an effort to help Tennessee Promise students complete eight hours of required community service by the end of the month. The sooner students complete their hours, the sooner colleges say they can estimate how many people to expect in their classrooms next month. 

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The superintendent who has clashed frequently with some school board members in Williamson County could become the next leader of Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

Mike Looney, the chief of Williamson County Schools since 2009, was named Monday as one of the finalists for Nashville's top job.

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register is officially retired as of midnight and an interim director starts Wednesday morning, but it's not the one the board of education voted for last week. The divided panel narrowly voted Tuesday night to reconsider the original selection following an open meetings complaint.


Tennessee public school students continue to make gains in math, but in reading, the numbers are going in the wrong direction.

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Governor Bill Haslam has named 18 Tennessee teachers to a new advisory group, dubbed the “Teacher Cabinet.”

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Tennessee education officials have spent the week on an apology tour across the state. They say they should have been more upfront about a tweak to this year’s grading method for standardized tests. The hubbub over so-called “quick scores” reveals how complicated standardized testing can get.

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This summer, about 30,000 high school graduates may be looking for some way to get eight hours of community service. One of the requirements for Tennessee Promise, the state’s free community college program, is for students to spend time either volunteering or job shadowing — which has made some nonprofits very happy.

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Saturday is meant to be a turning point in what has been—at times—a heated debate over the future of Metro Schools. Organizers are calling for what they describe as a “reset” in the conversation.

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Children began gathering in the parking lot of Murfreesboro's Spring Valley apartments before 9 a.m. Just as scheduled, a blue and green custom painted bus rolled around the corner at 9:15.

“Chow bus! Chow bus! Chow bus!” three-year-old Gunner Fischer chanted.

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Some schools in Nashville will be offering a new foreign language next fall: Arabic. The idea is to teach students a relevant world language, as well as to engage those who already speak Arabic at home.