Superintendent Mike Looney speaks when he was interviewing to be Nashville's superintendent — a job he turned down. DAVID SMITH / WPLN (FILE PHOTO)

These School Board Races Are In The Running For Middle Tennessee’s Most Intense

School board races are driving voter turnout in much of Middle Tennessee. But among the most intense have been the races in Williamson County, where voters hope the results will bring some order to what’s been a fractious board.

The Carl Van Vechten gallery is home to the Stieglitz collection half the time; the other half, it's housed in Arkansas. Credit: TONY GONZALEZ / WPLN
Funding / Higher Education / Tennessee

Facing Financial Collapse, Fisk University Quietly Sold Off Two Major Paintings In 2010

While Fisk University was fighting a drawn-out legal battle over the fate of a high-profile art collection, it quietly sold two other paintings in the school’s archives. That twist in the story was first reported Tuesday

The Metro Nashville Education Association political action committee sent out similar mailers on behalf of the candidates the union endorsed.
Community / Tennessee

Why Is This School Board Campaign Mailer Getting So Much Attention In Nashville?

Middle Tennessee mailboxes are filling with campaign flyers for school board candidates. And one is getting extra scrutiny because it asks that voters re-elect someone who has never held office.

Four members of the Metro Schools board of education are running for re-election and three of them are refusing to attend a candidate forum organized by Project Renaissance. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN (file photo)
Audio / Charter Schools / Tennessee

Charter School Debate Re-Ignites Ahead Of Nashville School Board Candidate Forum

A school board candidate forum planned for Thursday night has become another flash point over Nashville’s charter schools. Three sitting board members have refused to participate, questioning the organizer’s motives.

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks in a promotional video for reverse transfers, which officials say helped to add legitimacy to the new program. Credit: YouTube Screenshot
Funding / Tennessee

No, This Free College Degree Program Is Not A Scam, Tennessee Schools Tell Students

Tennessee universities have been sending out emails to thousands of students with a somewhat incredible subject line: “You may have earned an associate degree already.”

Tennessee State University is aiming to get more students enrolled from outside of the state. Credit: TSU Media Relations.
Funding / Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee Universities Try Steep Tuition Discounts To Woo More Out-Of-State Students

Several public universities in Tennessee are lowering their out-of-state tuition by almost 50 percent for a certain set of students — those who are from places up to 250 miles away.

Governor Bill Haslam's counseling program, dubbed "Advise TN," is part of the Drive to 55, which is a long-term effort to make sure that 55 percent of Tennesseans have some kind of post-secondary degree. Credit: TN Press Services.
Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee High Schools Must Prove ‘College-Going’ Culture To Get Counseling Help

Tennessee is launching an intensive college counseling program in 30 public high schools this fall. But officials haven’t yet said which schools will get the extra help.

Campuses like Middle Tennessee State University will soon allow employees to carry a firearm if they have a state-issued permit. Credit: Lauren Frederick.
Audio / Tennessee

University Employees Can Soon Go Armed In Tennessee, After Governor Allows Bill To Become Law

Guns will be allowed on the campuses of public colleges in Tennessee starting July 1. A bill that allows employees with a carry permit to go armed on campus became law without the signature of Gov. Bill Haslam, who was pressured to veto the legislation.