Metro Nashville Public Schools will start the new school year remotely, after the district had originally informed parents they’d have a choice between in-person and remote learning classes. But there has since been a statewide uptick in COVID-19 cases, forcing the district to rethink.
Metro charter schools have been advocating for distance learning when the school year starts. That’s as Metro Nashville Public Schools decides what to do for the district. One of those charter schools, KIPP Nashville, says that it will resume classes next month, but they’re keeping students out of buildings until at least Labor Day.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order late Friday that allows local governments across the state to mandate masks to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison.
For the first time since early April, the number of Tennesseans newly applying for unemployment assistance increased last week by about 5%.
Another state of emergency is being issued in Wilson County after a surge in COVID-19 cases. County officials say there have been 15 deaths since May 12.
Parents and teachers with Metro Nashville Public Schools will need to adjust to an unusual school year in the fall. The district says one possibility is letting parents pick between enrolling their kids in remote or in-person classes.
A weekend vigil in Nashville drew an intimate crowd to honor Tony McDade, a 38-year-old Black transgender man who was shot and killed in May, by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida.
Music lovers, musicians and artist managers marched through Nashville’s historic Music Row district on Wednesday evening. The Band Together For Justice rally drew nearly 100 protesters, who demanded justice for local victims of police brutality, and called for an end to the racial disparities in Nashville’s music scene.
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, along with more than a dozen other community groups, are calling on Gov. Bill Lee and local government officials to establish a plan to address COVID-19 disparities in the state’s Latino community.