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Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Opens New Investigation Into Abuse Claims At Brentwood Academy

  The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has opened a new investigation into alleged rape and sexual abuse committed against a male student by other male students at Brentwood Academy. DCS spokesman Rob Johnson told The Tennessee Star the new investigation was opened based on new information the department received late…

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Nashville Hillsboro High School Student Arrested On Gun Charges

A Hillsboro High School senior was arrested Friday morning on gun charges after allegedly pointing a pistol at two other students from his car as school dismissed Wednesday. Monday was the first day of the new school year for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Hillsboro High is located in…

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Latinos For Tennessee Holds Health Fair At Memphis Middle School

Latinos For Tennessee recently held a health fair at a middle school in Memphis to help kick off the new school year. “The fair had a great turnout,” said group spokeswoman Josie Ortega. The Aug. 5 event at Kingsbury Middle featured health screenings for families and free food and school…

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Tennessee Educator Survey Reveals Teacher Frustration With Testing, Flood of New Initiatives

Tennessee Star

  Tennessee teachers surveyed this past spring reported frustration with statewide standardized exams, while administrators surveyed showed more confidence in them. A majority of teachers disagreed with the statement, “Overall, information received from statewide standardized exams is worth the investment of time and effort.” Sixty-five percent disagreed, while only 35…

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Commentary: Is Culture Still Relevant?

The United States is a diverse country, racially and ethnically, as well as in how people choose to organize themselves socially and politically. It can be argued that our public schools are integrally situated to communicate society’s values, such as individual responsibility, patriotism, integrity, objectivity, justice, respect for others, being on time, doing a good job, working well with others, being a good citizen, and exercising democracy in government and other interactions. Americans have thus far kept our republic, and created it to be resilient and strong. However, the United States will remain free only with relentless vigilance and public engagement, which must be transmitted in our culture.

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More Colleges Scrap Remedial Classes

California State University campuses will no longer require incoming freshmen to take placement tests in English and math or enroll in noncredit remedial courses, reports the Los Angeles Times. The change, to take effect fall 2018, is part of a trend away from noncredit remedial courses, which critics say frustrate students…

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Memphis Parents Upset About High School STEM Program

  Some parents in Memphis are upset about East High School becoming a STEM school, with at least one parent saying the plan is racist. “I feel like it’s just like Jim Crow,” parent Jacquelyn Webb told WREG News Channel 3. “They legally separating our students because they want the cream…

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Commentary: Keeping the Faith in Public Education

In the age we live in, it is critical to recognize the freedoms we have. Public schools should not be hostile to the religious rights of their students and their families. Policymakers should make certain that school board policy protects privately initiated religious expression and activities from government interference and discrimination.

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Commentary: Breast Feeding 101 for Educators

Health professionals and public health officials promote breastfeeding to improve infant health. Breastfeeding also provides long-term preventative effects for the mother, including an earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight and a reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis. It is important to note that 82% of public school teachers are female in Tennessee. Women are the predominate sex in our profession. More importantly, most of these women are of child bearing age. So this is an important topic for all stakeholders.

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Tennessee Public Schools Among Worst In Nation, Report Says

  Tennessee K-12 public schools ranked among the worst in the nation in a study published Monday by WalletHub.com. Tennessee schools ranked 42 overall out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. WalletHub analysts evaluated schools using 21 metrics across two key areas, quality and safety. Tennessee ranked 35…

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