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Metro Nashville Schools kicks off school discipline reform

Metro Nashville Schools kicks off school discipline reform
District officials, educators, and community members came together Wednesday in Nashville to kick off an initiative aimed at reducing racial disparities in school discipline. Their ambitions were not merely local.
 
District leaders and the national organizations backing the initiative, called PASSAGE, hope Nashville can help Tennessee and the nation change a status quo that President Barack Obama has called unacceptable. Across the country, students of color are suspended and expelled at a far higher rate than white students.

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Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core

Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core
A group of conservative scholars and a charter school principal pushed for vouchers and urged Tennesseans to be wary of the Common Core standards during a forum Tuesday.
 
The program, whose attendees included legislators, representatives from conservative think tanks, and parents opposed to the rapid expansion of charters in the city, was held by a non-profit funded by Charles Koch, the controversial and influential conservative billionaire. It gave insight into the type of initiatives in Tennessee and across the country he might back this upcoming legislative session.

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Tenn. gets high marks in child welfare report

Tenn. gets high marks in child welfare report
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam lauded the state on Tuesday for improvements made in the well-being of children, saying gains particularly in the area of education justify reforms that have been implemented in recent years.
 
The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked Tennessee among five states that have made the biggest improvement in the last year. The other states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Utah.

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‘Power grab’ in campaign against three Tennessee judges could have national implications

‘Power grab’ in campaign against three Tennessee judges could have national implications
An attempt to unseat three judges in an upcoming Nashville election is nothing less than a “raw power grab” by right wing special interests using big money to buy control of the courts, says the head of a non-partisan organization of lawyers this week.
 
“It is a raw power grab is what it is. Their campaign against these justices are based on a series of lies, half-truths, misstatements and material omissions,” says Charles Grant, president of the bi-partisan Nashville Bar Association (NBA), which has endorsed the retention of the judges. “It has huge implications nationally because if they can do it here, they can do it anywhere.”

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TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion

TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion
NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – From beekeeping in Franklin County to crop growing in Williamson County, and 4-H and adult agriculture in Bledsoe County, the 2014 Tennessee State University Small Farms Expo highlighted the diversity in the state’s vast agricultural industry.
 
Participation in the Expo (July 17th) also showcased the University’s outreach initiatives through its Cooperative Extension Program, now covering more than 50 counties across Tennessee.
 

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Community in Photos

Community in Photos

Early voting kicked off Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission at 157 Poplar Ave. for the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary Election and Shelby County General Election. Voters can cast ballots at the site today through 4 p.m.

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2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition

2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition
Memphis area high school students who participated in ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics), a national program sponsored by the NAACP, are eligible for scholarship awards founded by the late Maxine A. Smith. 
 
The 2014 ACT-SO scholars were announced recently at a luncheon at the Community Foundation with their parents and the Smith family in attendance.

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