Tennessee education leaders are preparing for schools to be shut down for the remainder of the year, so they’ve come up with a list of emergency measures to make sure students — particularly high school seniors — aren’t penalized by COVID-19.
About 1 million students will be out of school by the end of the week in Tennessee due to closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This means many parents will need child care, so Gov. Bill Lee is asking individuals, organizations and churches to pitch in.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is deepening its partnership with Nashville State Community College. The goal is to give students a better shot at getting new jobs that are coming into the city.
Nashville public schools is trying to tackle Metro’s teacher shortage. The district has 160 certified teacher vacancies and 272 unfilled support positions. Some of the largest vacancies are in middle schools. Chris Barnes, the district’s new chief of human resources, told the school board Tuesday night that he wants to speed up the hiring process, especially for student teachers.
Nashville school leaders are proposing an ambitious budget request to city officials. The district told employees, parents and others at a public forum last night that it needs about $1 billion to fund all its priorities for next year.