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Education

Bipartisan bill to fix ‘No Child Left Behind’

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The Senate education committee unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to fix No Child Left Behind on April 16. Three of the key things the bill does for Tennessee are: On Common Core: Affirms that states decide what academic standards they will adopt, without interference from Washington. The federal government may not mandate or incentivize states to adopt or […]

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Spring Fling brings fun to special needs youths

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Once again, Millington Central High School was the place to be for special needs students this spring. The annual Spring Fling took place for MCHS, Arlington High School, Millington Middle and Bartlett Academy students in the Wiliam Osteen Gymnasium. The 26 MCHS students along with Trojan assistants hosted the three other schools in a day […]

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Festival to raise autism awareness, share fun

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A Bartlett organization is making autism easier to understand while creating a fun event for all area families. The first Autism Awareness Festival, hosted by Transformations Autism Treatment Center in Bartlett, will kick off on April 25 in their parking lot, rain or shine. The festival is designed not just for autistic children and their […]

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28.3% already voted on Lakeland’s $50M bond

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Even before polls open today, Lakeland already had 2,374 votes socked away as voters took advantage of the March 27-April 11 early voting privileges. That’s 28.3 percent of the city’s 8,390 voters who registered in time to participate. It may be a record high for early voting in a city election, Lakeland school board members […]

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Collegiate Corner for April 16, 2015

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Colleges and universities have recently released information about area students who have achieved academic honors, graduated or were awarded scholarships. Honors Six Mid-South students were among the 400 students recently named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. They include Chandler Foster, Devon Halliburton, Kaitlin Jordan and […]

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LSS board passes $7.28M general fund budget

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A balanced general fund budget of approximately $7.28 million passed at the Lakeland School System board meeting on April 13. At last week’s April 6 work session, superintendent Ted Horrell walked the board through a presentation about the balanced budget. The new budget reflects an increase of $279,725 (or just under 4 percent) over the […]

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Lakeland Prep: Due diligence on track

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Lakeland School board members heard an update about Lakeland Prep’s progress at the April 6 work session. Dr. James B. Mitchell Jr., a founding partner with Southern Educational Strategies (SES), gave five updates during the due diligence phase, in which the district evaluates the suitability of the 94 acres to be bought for constructing the […]

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LSS approves no makeup days, single-school accreditation, other resolutions

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With a quorum of three members Monday night, the Lakeland School System’s board approved next year’s budget, heard about successful school roof repairs, and passed a quick succession of resolutions. Some of the votes passed without discussion, as the board had already held more in-depth discussions at their April 6 work session. Board chair Kevin […]

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Faith-based groups to help SCS schools

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Twenty Shelby County schools will receive increased literacy and teacher effectiveness support for the 2015-2016 school year from faith-based organizations. The list includes some Priority Schools, identified by the State of Tennessee for being among the lowest-performing five percent in the state in terms of academic achievement. Others on the list are in need of […]

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Vote ‘yes’: Building Lakeland Prep is an investment in the city, children

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[Editor’s note: This is one of two guest editorials published to demonstrate the views on both sides of the $50 million school bond issue in Lakeland. See the other editorial here. Early voting on the issue will continue through April 11; the Referendum Day is April 16.] Lakeland residents, I have been involved with Lakeland’s […]

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