Good morning, Nashville. Some Metro Schools officials aren’t feeling extremely hopeful about the No Child Left Behind results coming their way next month. Because the school system changed its standardized testing methods, resulting in lower scores, it could have a significant impact on their NCLB standings. Things have gotten dire enough in years past with NCLB that Metro Schools nearly had to be taken over by the state or Mayor Dean. But after some big shakeups and under the new leadership of Director Jesse Register, they’ve managed to avoid that so far.
- Stay in school, kids. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says that Tennessee is on track to lose 15,000 jobs in goods production this year, and that a college education is going to be “vital” to those who want to make a decent living.
- Replacing the Fairgrounds? Mayor Dean is working to secure a lease for part of the Hickory Hollow Mall to transform it into an expo center that would eventually replace the Fairgrounds. The ordinance is moving through the Metro Council in competition with another ordinance that would keep the Fairgrounds space intact.
- Bits & pieces. Mayor Dean rode the Music City Star this morning to remind us all that it still exists … Former Vanderbilt Coach Roy Skinner, 80, passed away on Monday … If you weren’t at the Adventure Science Center’s Way Late Play Date last night, you missed a really good time … Basil Marceaux announced his write-in candidacy for governor … Metro is letting parents decide whether their kids trick-or-treat on Saturday or Sunday, which means that the rest of us are on candy duty for two nights instead of one.
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