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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - TN: Education

While most Tennessee schools have shifted to online learning, teacher hiring is still key for the state's public schools, which serve nearly a million students.(Adobe Stock)<br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The coronavirus pandemic has altered the teacher recruitment and hiring process, and to help connect school districts with job seekers, the state has created an online platform to speed things up. It's called the Tennessee Teacher Jobs Connection. Commissioner Penny Schwinn w

About 30% of Black workers and 20% of Latinx workers hold bachelor's degrees, compared to 44% of White workers. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The percentage of students of color enrolled in Tennessee colleges has steadily increased in the past decade, but national figures show that earning gaps persist among Black workers with college degrees compared to Whites. The inequities stem from access to and completion of col

A new national report ranks Tennessee in the top three among states for its high school graduation rate. (Adobe Stock) <br />

RIPLEY, Tenn. -- A new national report finds Lauderdale County is among the nation's top counties for on-time high school graduation, despite its child poverty rate of 35%. The report by the nonprofit group Save The Children analyzed data from more than 2,600 counties across the United States. In T

The federal Second Chance Pell pilot program, created in 2016, allows incarcerated individuals to receive Pell Grants in order to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Many colleges have shifted to online classes for the remainder of the school year, but for people who are incarcerated, distance learning remains a challenge. More than 400 people in Tennessee prisons are earning college credits. The Tennessee Higher Education Initiative pairs a

Tennessee schools have joined others across the country in closing their doors for now, and many students have shifted to online classes. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The State Board of Education has suspended statewide testing and made the decision to freeze students' grades as of March 20, when Gov. Bill Lee urged Tennessee school districts to close. The Board's Executive Director Sara Morrison said Tennessee has received a waiver from th

Schools have closed in nearly all 50 states to slow community spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As school officials continue to extend closures in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many families are faced with the task of teaching their kids at home. Betsy Zorio, vice president for U.S. programs and advocacy with the group Save the Children, said her organizati

Nearly 1 million children in Tennessee attend public schools. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of parents is suing the state over a school voucher law that would allow public school funds to be used to help Tennessee families send their kids to private schools. Chris Wood, an attorney with the firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP who is representing the 11 plaint

Nearly 1 million students attend Tennessee public schools, and they can expect a new, state-funded push to improve their reading skills. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee recently announced Tennessee's public schools will receive $650 million to improve student literacy, support school mental health services, and boost teacher pay and professional development. The state says a significant portion of the funding will be used to purc

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