Tennessee NAACP backs away from charter school moratorium
Amelia Hamilton | November 02, 2016
The Tennessee NAACP has distanced itself from the national organization’s decision to support a moratorium on charter school expansion. Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the NAACP Tennessee State Conference said that the NAACP’s concerns don’t apply to the Volunteer State. “In Tennessee, we have some of the best oversight laws,” she said. Read more here.
Memphians weigh in on what a high-quality school needs
Amelia Hamilton | October 25, 2016
Nine community meetings were held in Shelby County to find out what criteria the community considers in determining school quality. Some of the aspects of a high-quality school as defined by Memphians are up-to-date technology, a safe environment, STEM curriculum and field trips. Read more here.
Tennessee school district holds magnet school showcase
Amelia Hamilton | October 21, 2016
Knox County, Tennessee, schools held a Magnet Showcase this week to help parents choose the best school for their children. “We are interested in the STEM Academy because of the academics,” said parent Patti Dobbs. “Our son is interested. We want to learn details and insight and what they offer versus what the school he is zoned […]
Proposed social studies curriculum changes spark criticism in Tennessee
Amelia Hamilton | October 11, 2016
Some worry that proposed changes to Tennessee's social studies curriculum will strip out too much of the state's history, including removing discussion of major American civil rights milestones and Civil War battles fought in the state.
AT&T announces big gigabit broadband push in 11 areas, including Kentucky
AT&T announces big gigabit broadband push in 11 areas, including Kentucky
Johnny Kampis | October 06, 2016
“This has nothing to do with Kentucky Wired, or connecting to their middle mile,” Cathy Lewandowski, AT&T’s senior public relations manager for Kentucky and Tennessee, told Watchdog.org in an email.
AT&T sues Nashville over one-touch, make-ready ordinance
AT&T sues Nashville over one-touch, make-ready ordinance
Johnny Kampis | October 04, 2016
AT&T sued a day after Mayor Megan Barry signed the council decision into law, seeking declaratory and permanent injunction from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to stop enforcement of the new law.
Tennessee launches reading coach network
Amelia Hamilton | September 27, 2016
Tennessee has launched a reading coach network to help meet its literacy goals. Two hundred reading coaches around the state will participate, then take the training to more than 3,000 teachers in all 146 school districts. “Teaching students to read empowers them to take charge of their education,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a press release. […]
District schools are becoming a thing of the past in Memphis
Amelia Hamilton | September 26, 2016
In Memphis, neighborhood district schools are becoming a thing of the past. “A school for every enclave, placed just a few miles apart, isn’t practical or feasible any more,” reads an editorial in the Memphis Daily News. “That could change if the city becomes denser. But we are in the midst of a profound change […]
Memphis board members want answers before closing more schools
Amelia Hamilton | September 15, 2016
Shelby County, Tennessee, is expected  to close 24 schools over the next five years, but the local board has four questions they would like answered before making these decisions, ranging from what specific criteria should be used to make those calls to what role the community should play when deciding to close a school. Read more here.
East Tennessee schools consider eliminating homework
Amelia Hamilton | September 14, 2016
Homework is a hot-button issue in schools around the country this year, and some East Tennessee schools are considering a policy that would do away with it altogether. Knoxville’s Amherst Elementary has already taken this step, and teacher Jyl Smithson says “I see a more general enthusiasm about school. They want to be here. They want to learn.” […]