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A Vanderbilt study followed teachers in Nashville and Tampa to see whether training in the "Pyramid Model" of positive discipline improved pre-k classrooms. Credit: U.S. Department of Education / Flickr.
Audio / Tennessee

After Expulsions Of Preschoolers, Discipline Study In Nashville Finds Success With Positive Approach

Nashville pre-K classrooms have become laboratories in the effort to improve discipline for the youngest students – with signs a more positive approach could cut down the surprisingly high number of suspensions.

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

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 [...]

Jennifer Burnell high-fives students as they leave her classroom at Fall-Hamilton Elementary School.
Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN.
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After Waves Of Reform, Nashville Schools Go Back To Basics — Teaching Kids To Build Relationships

For students in Metro Nashville schools, this year’s curriculum goes beyond acing standardized tests. It also includes lessons in what educators call “social-emotional learning.”