Tennessee

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.

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.

TSU acknowledges the state's findings and says it will avoid similar problems in the future. Credit: TSU Media Relations
Funding / Tennessee

TSU Says It’s Fixing Issues Raised In State Audit

An annual audit released Monday found that Tennessee State University made some significant errors in recent financial statements. The state comptroller’s office also cited the school for not reporting enrollment changes quickly enough.

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Tennessee / Testing

Testing Executives Try To Reassure Tennessee Lawmakers About Online Exams

The firm brought in to run Tennessee’s student testing program is telling lawmakers that it won’t rush the transition to online exams.

TSU researcher Matthew Blair examines some amaranth growing in the university's experimental fields. Credit: Emily SIner / WPLN.
Research / science / Tennessee

TSU Researchers Hope The Ancient Grain They’re Growing Becomes The Next Quinoa

There was quinoa, there were chia seeds — and now, researchers at Tennessee State University are growing what they hope will be the next big superfood, if enough Americans can get excited about eating it.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated $50,000 in 1933 to build Confederate Memorial Hall, which was then on the campus of the George Peabody College for Teachers. Credit: Vanderbilt University.
Infrastructure / Race / Tennessee

Vanderbilt Settles With Daughters Of The Confederacy, Pays $1.2M To Rename Memorial Hall

Vanderbilt University has settled a long-running lawsuit so it can rename Confederate Memorial Hall. The school will pay $1.2 million to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which is considered present day value of the original $50,000 donation more than 80 years ago.

A sign for school board candidate Thom Druffel stands outside Belle Meade City Hall alongside supporters of incumbent Amy Frogge during early voting. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN.
Events / Tennessee

Group Asks Nashville District Attorney To Investigate Spending In School Board Races

A Nashville advocacy group is calling for an investigation into spending in Metro’s school board races, alleging Stand for Children, a pro-charter organization based in Oregon, has broken Tennessee election law.