Kendi A. Rainwater (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Kendi A. Rainwater is the education reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Before taking this position in 2015, she reported on cops, courts and municipal government. The Associated Press named Rainwater "Journalist of the Year" in the state of Tennessee for her reporting in 2016.

Hamilton County school board expected to discuss Partnership Zone

Published Aug. 17 2017

Leaders of the Hamilton County Schools system are expected to continue discussing at tonight's school board meeting how the district...

Signal Mountain Schools: Breakaway could result in nearly $2 million in additional funding

Published Aug. 17 2017

The committee investigating whether Signal Mountain can start its own school system is making final revisions to the new district's...

Nonprofit donates $1 million to teach Bible History in Hamilton County schools

Published Aug. 15 2017

The local nonprofit organization Bible in the Schools presented Hamilton County Schools officials with a check for more than $1...

Ooltewah High School Principal named finalist for 'Principal of the Year' award

Published Aug. 14 2017

Robin Copp is one of nine finalists competing for the state's 2017-2018 Principal of the Year award.

Preparing for the future: Students eager to start at new Polytechnic Academy

Published Aug. 11 2017

Kai Smith was more excited than normal for school to resume Thursday, knowing her junior year is going to be...

Twenty years after schools merged, new leader faces similar challenges

Published Aug. 10 2017

As a fresh school year starts today in Hamilton County, new schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson faces many of the same...

Tennessee Reconnect helps adults hop back on degree track

Published Aug. 8 2017

At age 46, Allen Hunter decided to enroll at Chattanooga State Community College, determined to earn a degree.

UnifiEd challenges community to tackle classroom inequities in Hamilton County

Published Aug. 2 2017

UnifiEd is taking on the elephant in the classroom, and that is the "E" word, longtime Hamilton County educator Edna...

Philanthropic website expands to meet more Chattanooga residents' needs

Published Aug. 1 2017

For Amanda Smothers, it was more than just a couple packs of diapers.

High school students statewide post slight gains on TNReady

Published Jul. 27 2017

High school students across the state posted modest gains in all tested subjects -- math, English, science and U.S. history...

Petition asks for Bryan College president's resignation after firing of professor

Published Jul. 26 2017

Frustration with Bryan College leadership boiled over last week after the firing of a tenured professor, with more than 1,000...

School district, former superintendent respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Published Jul. 25 2017

The Hamilton County Department of Education and former schools Superintendent Rick Smith claim three former employees can't hold them liable...

Hamilton County school board discusses Partnership Zone with new superintendent

Published Jul. 20 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education is discussing the Partnership Zone for the first time tonight with its new Superintendent...

Judge: Hamilton County Schools violated federal laws in special education case

Published Jul. 17 2017

A federal judge on Monday ruled the Hamilton County Department of Education violated multiple federal guidelines protecting students with disabilities...

Former East Ridge teacher working to motivate students, educators

Published Jul. 17 2017

As a math teacher at East Ridge High School three years ago, Christopher Morris was burnt out and so were...

Hamilton County school board approves contract with new superintendent

Published Jul. 11 2017

After nearly a month of negotiations, the ink will soon be dry on Hamilton County Schools' newly named Superintendent Bryan...

Chattanooga's Office of Early Learning gains a new director

Published Jul. 11 2017

Ariel Ford believes investing in a child's earliest years is about more than preparing them for kindergarten; it's also a...

Talks continue about future of Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools

Published Jul. 10 2017

As the Tennessee Department of Education determines how it will intervene in five of Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools, the state...

Tennessee education chief meets with community stakeholders about future of county's lowest-performing schools

Published Jul. 10 2017

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is holding several meetings this week with community stakeholders and the Hamilton County school board...

Shelby County visit provides insight for possible Signal Mountain schools split

Published Jul. 6 2017

A week after traveling to Shelby County, the committee investigating the viability of launching a separate school district on Signal...