Good morning, Nashville. By the looks of the headlines this morning, you would think that nothing else is going on in the world besides the Titans kicking Jeff Fisher to the curb. Nevertheless, the federal government has ruled that Metro Schools must allow students in underperforming schools to transfer to better ones. Though this is standard procedures when schools don’t meet their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals under No Child Left Behind, Metro had hoped to appeal the procedure because standardized testing scores were so late coming in this year. As a result, they’ll be sending out one letter to parents letting them know that students can transfer and another trying to persuade them not to.
- Budget cuts for Metro. Metro’s finance director sent out a memo this week asking all departments to figure out how they would be affected by a 3% budget cut, indicating that something like that might be in the cards.
- Job growth in 2011. Economists predict that jobs will grow pretty steadily this year, but there probably won’t be any sort of magic boom in employment numbers. In all likelihood, they say, it may be 2014 before things return to pre-recession normal.
- Bits & pieces. If you have any old prom dresses lying around, consider giving them to these folks … Yes, we get it, everyone is out of road salt … TSU apparently has a pretty killer marching band … Several legislators are teaming up to combat child prostitution and sex trafficking in Tennessee … Please enjoy this lovely snow-free forecast for the next couple of days.
Photo by Alyssa Reeves.