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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tennessee Offers Free 2-Year College Education to Residents

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is offering high school graduates a full scholarship at two-year colleges within the state. Haslam created the program in hopes of diminishing the issue of affordability in college attendance.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

Reuters – Tim Ghianni

“Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Healthy Kids Act Constraining Schools’ Culinary Activities

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 went into effect on July 1, and is in place to assure that nutritional standards of food and snacks for grades K-12, are made with less fat and salt. The act also places the US Secretary of Agriculture in charge of school cafeterias, lunch lines, hallway vending machines, bake sales, and everything food-related.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chattanooga School of Language provides learning opportunities

Nooga.com – Megan Ferguson

“…more and more parents are seeing the benefits of exposing their children to different languages because of its cognitive and social advantages…when people learn another language, they learn another culture. So opening children’s eyes to other cultures in the world broadens perspective and awareness of other people in the world.” (more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

German Homeschooling Family Finally Granted Asylum in US

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Romeike family, formerly of Germany, now calls Morristown, Tennessee, home. Ben Waldon of ABC News writes that the Romeikes were forced to flee Germany in 2008 because of their desire to home-school their seven children.”(more)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

The New York Times – Richard Perez-Pena

“Public colleges have sharply raised their prices since the 1990s in the face of declining state support, but a plan by Tennessee’s governor to make two years of community college and technical school free for all students represents a striking reversal of that trend.”(more)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rival Strategies for Running Schools Put Memphis in Hot Seat

Education Week – Jaclyn Zubrzycki

“After decades of financial strife and low academic performance, this city’s struggling school system has become a laboratory for competing school governance and improvement strategies—and a management challenge of the first order.”(more)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Graduate Program Works To Diversify The Science World

NPR – Steve Haruch

“A graduate science program in Nashville is helping write a powerful counternarrative — and it has some pretty impressive numbers to back it up — even if there isn’t wide consensus yet on the reasons why they’ve done so well.”(more)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Failed education bills to return in 2014 TN General Assembly

Tricities.com – Kevin Castle

“Proponents of revamping education laws in Tennessee cite a recent report that ranked the state’s students tops in the nation in academic improvement as proof that recent reforms are working and more should be considered.”(more)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Importance of High Standards for Students and Teachers

Students First – Kimberly Coyle

“But when the first round of progress reports came out, I realized that over half of my students were failing my class. I combed back over my assessments and thought that there had to be something wrong with my tests, my teaching, or my materials.”(more)