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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.

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Williamson County voters easily approved a half-cent sales tax increase. After the polls closed Tuesday night, two-thirds of the 12,365 ballots cast in the special referendum were in favor of increasing taxes to pay for schools.

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Williamson County voters will decide early next year whether to raise the local sales tax by half a cent to help fund the school district. The local option rate would go from 2.25 to 2.75 cents if approved.

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The biggest hang-up with standardized testing in Tennessee this year seems to be the turnaround time for grading. Many of the scores won't be ready in time to be included in final report cards. Scoring of TNReady has been slowed down because most districts opted to stick with paper-based tests after last year's failed attempt to go paperless.

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In Franklin, Page Middle and High School are so overcrowded that parents like Karen Hynes say it’s become untenable—kids eating lunch in hallways, overflowing toilets, too many portable classrooms.


Realtors and home builders in Williamson County are pushing back against a proposed tax on new home construction. The plan aims to raise revenue for schools in the county—which is expected to double its population in the next 15 years.

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The past couple of years haven't been easy for Williamson County schools.

Nor for its students, says Margaret Overton, a recent graduate of Brentwood High.

"Just the way that curriculum was being approved, the way people were treating the history classes that I was taking, it seemed very nonacademic in some ways," Overton said.

Overton says the disputes seemed to be primarily political. For the sake of her friends still in the schools and her younger siblings, she'd like to see such fights put to rest.

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Williamson County commissioners spent much of their meeting Monday night finding the replacement for school board member Paul Bartholomew, who stepped down a year early. The contested interim appointment reveals how politicized the county’s school board has become.

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Mt. Juliet's W.A. Wright Elementary School stands at the head of its class, even when compared to the state's top schools.

Principal Jill Giles says it begins with the school's mentoring program. Each year, teachers pick out students who could use a little extra adult attention.

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The Williamson County school board cemented a last-ditch effort Monday night to keep the district’s superintendent from taking a job with Metro Schools. Parents spoke passionately before the board voted to give Mike Looney a $30,000 bonus and automatic raises for the next four years.