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Nashville residents are becoming more uneasy with the city's rapid growth, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University taken ahead of citywide elections this summer.

The survey by the school's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions found that a slim majority of city residents still believe Nashville is on the right track, but the share that disagrees has nearly doubled since 2015. 

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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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State education officials are reminding school authorities they cannot require parents to release their children's immigration status. The guidance comes as existing immigration enforcement law in Tennessee becomes more stringent this week.


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With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, a spotlight has again been placed on the composer's fierce commitment to education, demonstrated throughout his life by activities like the Young People's Concerts and his Harvard Lecture Series. It was during the latter that Bernstein emphasized the importance of "inter-disciplinary values," explaining that "the best way to 'know' a thing is in the context of another discipline." 

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Metro Nashville Public Schools is hoping for more community involvement as part of the solution to support its lowest-performing schools.

The plan, which was shared at a press conference Monday morning, uses a four-part approach that includes better supporting school leaders, developing student and family support through community partnerships, strengthening instructional coaching, and supporting teachers. 

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Twenty-one Metro Nashville schools, as well as the district itself, are on the state’s list of low performers. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Shawn Joseph
Metro Nashville Network

Leaders with Metro Nashville Public Schools learned last night that district finances are still under scrutiny from city auditors. While the results of one investigation were published last week, two other inquiries are still underway, including about district procurement practices.

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A new audit finds that the finances of Metro Nashville Public Schools were not as unusual last year as some critics feared. Officials had requested an investigation into the district’s travel expenses, the salaries of central office staff, changes to vendor contracts and overall adherence to budget constraints.

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Dealing with the $17 million budget shortfall facing Metro Schools is one of the many challenges for Nashville's next mayor. Already, school officials are scrambling to find the money so no teachers get laid off and funding for students doesn't get cut.


Metro Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph said at a board meeting Tuesday that he won't balance the district's budget shortfall by cutting teachers or funds for students. That's despite the fact that Metro Schools needs to slash $17 million from next year's budget.