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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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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. 

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Metro Nashville Public Schools will soon begin searching for a new superintendent, after director Shawn Joseph said this week that he doesn't plan to ask for a contract extension beyond 2020. If the board decides fire Joseph — as some members have suggested — the position may need to be filled earlier.

But public conflict within the board could impact its ability to attract diverse and high-quality candidates, some observers are saying, because tension on the board has been visible at recent meetings.

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The head of Metro Nashville Public Schools says he's ready to negotiate an exit after tensions over his leadership of the school district came to a head this week, with school board members calling for his removal. 

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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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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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A Metro Nashville school board meeting heated up Tuesday night, as members of the board and audience members and community debated the leadership of schools director Shawn Joseph. The brouhaha follows over a year of criticism, including complaints over his hiring practices and handling of sexual harassment lawsuits against MNPS.

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Metro Schools superintendent Shawn Joseph was asked to defend his decision to cut the reading recovery program during his public budget hearing Wednesday with Mayor David Briley. The literacy initiative costs more than $7 million a year, employing 83 reading specialists to work with small groups of struggling readers.

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Metro Schools plans to spend heavily on non-English speakers in the coming year. Immigrant students were a focus of superintendent Shawn Joseph's first "state of schools" address.