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Kelli Gauthier

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Former Hamilton County Board of Education Chairman Kenny Smith addressed the board as a citizen Thursday night, lobbying for the career and technical high school he's wanted for years.

With Volkswagen just down the road and more than 40 German families at the school, Ooltewah High plans to take its program international.

Before Philip DePrimo had gotten both arms into his new black-and-yellow jacket, his marching-band mates had started in on a rousing rendition of “Rocky Top.”

More than one in three Hamilton County Schools graduates who attend Chattanooga State Community College must take remedial courses.

Alternating between deep and gravelly and squeaky and heliumlike, Jay Bank’s voices kept his young audience in stitches Friday as he taught them about bullying.

When they talk about Kirkman Technical High School, most graduates get a little nostalgic.

A local eighth-grader skipped school one day recently so he wouldn't get kicked or hit.

Fresh from a four-year stint on the local school board, Kenny Smith is exploring the possibility of opening a career and technical charter high school.

Before Ed Davis left Howard School of Academics and Technology, his boss and co-workers warned him.

On her cell phone, Jill Levine has saved a photo of a mammoth stack of papers, more than a foot high.

Following more than a week of emotional community debate, officials on Thursday dissected the legality of public prayer on local school campuses.

Christine Couch has a plan to change Hixson High School, and she's finally got the money to do it.

Praying silently, in secret or off school property won't cut it for a group of vocal protesters upset over this week's ban of public prayer at Hamilton County high school football games.

Jim Scales knew it was only a matter of time before someone complained about prayers said aloud at school-sponsored sporting events.

A Wisconsin-based “freethinking” group is demanding that local school leaders quit allowing prayer at public events.

Soddy-Daisy High School Principal John Maynard said he has been ordered to stop allowing prayers to be said over a loudspeaker at football games and graduation ceremonies.

They can’t all be rock stars or celebrities, but Hamilton County students can go to college — and around here, that’ll get your face on a billboard.

Parents are questioning the fairness of a new state rule that next year will count standardized test scores as 15 percent of their children’s letter grades in core subjects.

LaQuisha Jackson is careful to stay within the lines.

Listen up, Hamilton County students: Don’t use those standardized test bubbles to make pretty designs on your answer sheet.

Julie Hutcherson didn’t sign up to be an English teacher. Usually she’s all angles and fractions and complex numbers, but for 30 minutes every day, she gets wordy.

Kids were stopping traffic all over Hamilton County on Wednesday morning.

The federal government may buy computers and computer Smart boards for classrooms across Hamilton County. Sort of.

Malcolm Gladwell drew the largest ever lecture crowd at UTC, and that worried him.

Education officials were quick to trumpet the success when Hamilton County schools showed a 30 percent decrease in student behavior problems last school year.

You were either on his team or you weren’t.

In the South, where only 26 to 44 percent of adults have a college degree, a new report insists the lofty goal of 60 percent by 2025 is attainable.

The first time Erica Flowers visited Orchard Knob Middle School, her fears of a school in chaos were confirmed. It was time to get her daughter out.

Hamilton County school board members anxious to get rid of the superintendent say secrecy over retirement pay for board members will could be the first step in his ouster. “unraveling.”

In his first act as chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, Everett Fairchild called for a work session to discuss the performance and evaluations of Superintendent Jim Scales.

Hamilton County Board of Education members voted 5-3 to elected Everett Fairchild chairman of the board. Fairchild defeated Linda Mosley.

The Hamilton County Commission is meddling inappropriately in school board politics, pushing to get a board chairman elected tonight who supports their agenda, a Hamilton County Board of Education member says.

Some said the dried cranberry and broccoli salad seemed like a stretch.

Recovering from failing freshman geometry has been an uphill climb for Chris Brown.

The clink of bangles punctuated the sing-song Sanskrit chanting.

The year Evelyn Anderson bought the classroom DVD player was probably the most expensive.

It seemed no amount of vacuuming, brushing or foaming shampoo was enough to beat the third-grade head lice plague that struck McBrien Elementary School two years ago.

A 15-member group responsible for reshaping the way Tennessee’s teachers are evaluated has submitted its suggestions to state officials.

Hamilton County schools are just shy of 42,000 students.

Standardized tests soon will look the same in Tennessee as they do in Arizona, and educators will be able to compare the skills and college readiness of students across the nation.

Administrators for two local magnet schools say they still want to change the first-come, first-served admission process for their schools, but not yet.

The process for admission into two popular Hamilton County magnet schools will remain virtually the same as it always has been, despite talk of changing the traditional first-come, first-served enrollment.

A hush fell over East Ridge High School on Wednesday as students grappled with the sudden death of their 17-year-old classmate the day before.

Two popular local magnet schools are revising their admissions process, making it no longer necessary for parents to set up camp for days outside the buildings.

Under intense fire for voting to give themselves retirement benefits, Hamilton County Board of Education members are stuck with their decision until at least next week.

At least one school board member admits he made a mistake in granting himself retirement pay and has asked for the motion to be reconsidered at the board meeting today.

Hamilton County Schools must hire new teachers after 10th-day enrollment numbers show the system has added more than 450 students over this time last year, officials said.

For the first time since a school’s graduation rate was used to measure success, Howard School of Academics and Technology has met its goal.

Waiting for a 6 p.m. dinner can seem like an eternity when your last meal was a couple of hours before noon.

East Hamilton School may become a high school only much sooner than schools officials thought.

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