Good morning, Nashville. Tennessee schools will have to wait a little while longer to find out if their standardized testing results were up to par with No Child Left Behind standards. Though they would typically know by now, the state recently did a massive overhaul of testing and scoring procedures because they believed the tests weren’t accurately gauging students’ knowledge. As a result, test scores were much lower than usual and now education officials are trying to sort through disputes and appeals from schools who don’t think the scores are fair. And because they’re already several months late, they say, they don’t see a point in rushing the process since the stakes are so high. However, while students are usually offered the option to transfer schools if their school does is not in compliance with NCLB, that may not be the case this year as they’d be transferring schools halfway through the school year.
- No need to be alarmed. The Kingston TVA fossil plant has sprung a leak! Water was found to be leaking from a gypsum pond at the same plant that spilled 1.1 billion gallons of fly ash all over the town two years ago around this time, resulting in one of the largest ecological disasters in US history. TVA officials say this one is completely harmless though, and they’re fixing it!
- Would you like some crack with that? Police raided the El Pueblito Mexican restaurant in Smyrna this week after the business was found to be a cover for dealing cocaine. The owner was arrested and is currently out on bail.
- Bits & pieces. Former Belmont soccer coach Lisa Howe now says that a statement she emailed to a coworker was used without her knowledge in the school’s press release about her departure … At least a few Titans are apparently harboring some ill feelings towards Vince Young … So how ’bout that Preds game last night? … We didn’t get much ice, but some other parts of the state sure did.
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