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Tennessee doctors are beginning to see the annual back-to-school wave of kids needing booster shots — and it's usually seventh graders who need some extra prodding to get the required shots in Nashville schools.

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Nashville's in-school clinics for teachers and their families are successfully reducing health care costs. According to a new study led by the nonprofit RAND Corporation, primary care delivered within Metro Schools saves more than $700 a year for every teacher who uses it.

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There's a persistent disagreement between Nashville Mayor David Briley and Director of Schools Shawn Joseph: The mayor did not include the full funding request from the schools in his proposed budget, and recently issued statements from the two leaders show they're at odds.

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When Nashville schools began to integrate in 1957, first graders walked through angry white mobs. 

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Nashville has received $15 million to help out some of its public magnet schools. The U.S. Department of Education grant will get distributed among five elementary schools with large Hispanic or African American populations.

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Every bus route in the Metro School district will have a driver on the first day of school. This is a major improvement from last year, when Metro’s transportation system was one of the nation’s most understaffed. 

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As it stands, Nashville students who get sick or injured may not have a nurse to run to. A proposal made Wednesday seeks to change this by stationing nurses in every Metro School.

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Nashville has seen an increase this school year in the number of students expelled.

Already, 95 were kicked out in the fall semester, compared to 76 at the same time last year.

Short-term suspensions — meanwhile — are down sharply. That’s according to numbers presented Thursday at a citywide Youth Violence Summit.

More: View the statistics

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Jill Biden toured McGavock High School in Nashville Wednesday. She said she was inspired to come after President Obama visited two years ago to highlight the school’s career academies.

Biden saw the aviation classroom, broadcasting studios and campus bistro. But the wife of Vice President Joe Biden primarily wanted to promote the state’s free community college program and commend McGavock’s dual enrollment initiative.

“It’s so smart," Biden said. "It’s a smart way to do education.”

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has put together a 17-member panel and charged members with finding Metro's next director of schools. The effort has the blessing of the school board, whose own search is currently in a holding pattern.