Tennessee finds most residents can access broadband, but don’t use it
Tennessee finds most residents can access broadband, but don’t use it
Johnny Kampis | July 26, 2016|   0
A state commissioned survey of broadband access in Tennessee found that the vast majority of residents have access to broadband but choose to use cheaper internet services instead.
More than half of students in Memphis still not registered for school
Amelia Hamilton | July 26, 2016|   0
School starts in three weeks in Shelby County, Tennessee, but fewer than half of the expected number of students have enrolled thus far. With a projected enrollment of 104,000 students for the 2016-17 school year, only 41,000 students were signed up as of last week. With high levels of mobility and poverty, on-time registration is frequently […]
Technical education can close the wage gap
Amelia Hamilton | July 25, 2016|   0
Closing the achievement gap also means closing the skills and wage gap, which is why technical education is so important. A piece in the Tennessean argues that, while students have been told that this is best done through a four-year degree, pushing everyone toward college does a disservice to students who would succeed through career and […]
Sorting out Tennessee’s new liquor laws
Sorting out Tennessee’s new liquor laws
Grant Broadhurst | July 25, 2016|   6
You can now buy wine in Tennessee grocery stores, but the state still has a complicated set of laws regulating the sale of alcohol products.
Grant aimed at addressing shortage of welders
Amelia Hamilton | July 18, 2016|   0
With the demand for welders in western Tennessee on the rise and the number of welders shrinking, a Nashville school will be starting a career training program to address the shortage. Lake County High School will receive a $35,000 grant to provide welding to their Career and Technical Education students. Read more here.
The consequences of canceled testing
Amelia Hamilton | July 14, 2016|   0
Tennessee canceled its TNReady standardized test amid widespread issues this year, a decision that could have long-term consequences, especially a deficit of trust among educators, students and parents. “As an educator, I’ve lost confidence in the ability of Tennessee to successfully execute a test on the state level,” said seventh-grade social studies teacher Mitch Orr, who works […]
Shelby County charter school report shows mixed results
Amelia Hamilton | July 13, 2016|   0
Shelby County, Tennessee, has released its first report on the performance of charter schools, and the results are mixed. While some schools outperformed their district counterparts, others remained neck-and-neck when it comes to testing. In Shelby County, which encompasses Memphis, charter schools are rapidly growing, making tools like this report necessary for parents to navigate a […]
New Nashville superintendent assembles transition team
Amelia Hamilton | July 07, 2016|   0
Shawn Joseph, the new superintendent of schools for Nashville, has put together a team of 47 leaders from education, business and nonprofits to serve as an advisory group during his transition into the job. “By bringing both a local and national perspective to oversee the transition team, I feel confident this group will produce recommendations […]
Nashville’s first charter founder still a reformer
Amelia Hamilton | June 27, 2016|   0
Ninety-year-old Sister Sandra Smithson, the founder of Tennessee’s first charter school, says “we have to rethink everything we are doing in public schools right now.” Her suggested reforms are doing away with grade levels and teaching children to understand the language of academics, with the goal being to “transform children from a culture of poverty to a […]
Memphis public schools are becoming more competitive
Amelia Hamilton | June 22, 2016|   1
Schools in the midtown area of Memphis weren’t always attractive to parents, but that’s changing. According to realtor Debbie Sowell, “That shift has kind of happened where people are like, ‘No, I don’t have to [move], I do have some options here in Midtown that I can choose from.'” Shelby County’s Director of Optional Schools […]