State educators have proposed new standards for social studies. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Tennessee Takes A Narrower Approach To Teaching Schoolchildren About Islam

State educators are slimming down what they’re teaching Tennessee schoolchildren about the Muslim world, following complaints the old lessons were too friendly toward Islam.

Supporters of the former superintendent displayed these, but they were outnumbered in the crowd and on the school board. Credit: Dan Carsen / WBHM
Alabama / Audio

Birmingham School Board Ousts Superintendent

After a heated meeting on September 23, the board surprised many by voting 6-3 to fire Kelley Castlin-Gacutan. “Dr. G” had held the position for 14 months.

Rocketship operates two charter schools in Nashville. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Charter Schools / Tennessee

Nashville And Memphis Use Different Math To Fund Charter Schools

The Tennessee Comptroller was asked by the Senate Education Committee to look into payments to charter schools. And auditors saw how the state’s policy can have a variety of interpretations.

Education Secretary John King meets with teachers and students in Indianola. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
Funding / Mississippi

Education Secretary: More Resources Needed for Mississippi Schools

In Mississippi, the average school district spends roughly $9,500 per student annually. That money, which comes from state, federal and local sources, is less than the national average.

ESL / Louisiana

School Administrators Receive Training To Support English Language Learners

Thousands of Louisiana students are English Language Learners. Many recently came here from Central America, with or without their families. Schools don’t always know what they need or are entitled to receive. Now the Southern Poverty Law Center and Louisiana Department of Education are trying to change that.

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Charter Schools / Mississippi

No New Charter Schools Next Year in Mississippi

There will be no new charter schools opening in Mississippi next year. Mississippi Charter School Authorizers rejected a plan by Ohio-based I Can Schools to open a number of new charters in Jackson. The state authorizer board voted against the charter operator, four to two yesterday, citing concerns over mixed [...]

ITT Technical Institute's Tallahassee campus
Higher Education / Tennessee

ITT Tech Closure Leaves Students Looking For Answers

ITT is facing federal fraud charges and had been blocked from accepting new students who receive federal financial aid. But the abrupt closure has caught many students off guard, and some are angry and looking for answers.

Gov. Bill Haslam says the next chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents does not have to be an academic. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee Board Of Regents Search Starts With No Leader ‘Preordained’

Tennessee has finally kicked off the hunt for a new leader for its system of community colleges and technology centers, and Gov. Bill Haslam says the search starts with no preconceived notions of who it should be.