Good morning, Nashville. In a continuing effort to get Metro Schools back on track, Mayor Dean wants to explore some ways to increase the actual learning time for students. This could mean longer school days, summer sessions, and even some Saturdays. Though we’d imagine that this might not thrill the kids, several charter and magnet schools have already adopted the technique and found it to be pretty successful so far. Metro narrowly avoided a state takeover this year due to their failure to meet No Child Left Behind benchmarks.
- More convention center drama. Council members and city officials spent the better part of last night pointing fingers and taking swings at each other over the all the latest convention center mishaps. Metro will still be hiring an independent auditor to look over the spending and forming a 9-member convention center authority to oversee the rest of the project.
- Fish theft. Clarksville Police are on the lookout for suspects after 60 very expensive koi fish were pet-napped from a backyard pond in Clarksville. We’re trying to imagine what a feat it would be to steal that many fish, but it was definitely a lucrative one–some of the critters were worth as much as $500.
- Bits & pieces. The former Donelson Middle School teacher who was hired by Metro last year despite accusations of raping a student in Chattanooga was indicted yesterday on 60 counts of sex crimes against minors. He was arrested in March … SouthComm Inc. is in talks to buy the Nashville Scene … The Centennial High School student who was hit by a car on the way to school last week is now in stable condition.
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