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.

Three Hamilton County public schools will have new principals this fall

Published May. 23 2017

The leadership at most of Hamilton County's schools will remain the same this fall, with just three elementary schools getting...

Chattanooga High School for the Creative Arts claims two national awards

Published May. 23 2017

Chattanooga High School for Creative Arts is the only school in Tennessee to be named a 2017 National School of...

Hamilton County school board wraps up its first round of superintendent interviews

Published May. 23 2017

The Hamilton County school board interviewed the last three superintendent candidates Monday, and plan to select five finalists from the...

Hamilton County school board interviews last three superintendent candidates

Published May. 22 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education is interviewing the last batch of superintendent candidates tonight.

East Fannin Elementary honored for being a family-friendly school

Published May. 22 2017

A Fannin County elementary school has been named a winner of the 2017 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Award.

School districts brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending

Published May. 18 2017

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of...

Five down and three to go in Hamilton County school board's superintendent candidate interviews

Published May. 16 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education interviewed another batch of candidates Monday as it works to find the district a...

School board interviews three more candidates for superintendent post

Published May. 15 2017

The board began the interview process last week, video interviewing Natasha Baker and Stuart Greenberg. The board is expected to...

Rebecca Ashford named new Chattanooga State Community College president

Published May. 12 2017

Rebecca Ashford will be the next president of Chattanooga State Community College.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger presents case for more school funding

Published May. 10 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger on Tuesday said local public schools need more funding, but he has not signaled whether...

Hamilton County Commission discusses school district's budget

Published May. 9 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is presenting the school district's budget to the county commission this morning.

School board begins interviewing superintendent candidates

Published May. 8 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education is interviewing two candidates for the permanent superintendent position tonight.

Trustee resigns from Bryan College, citing concerns about president's actions

Published May. 7 2017

Years have passed since discord erupted on Bryan College's campus, pitting faculty and students against school president Stephen Livesay.

School board gets names of superintendent finalists after chairman culls list in private

Published May. 4 2017

More than 48 hours after the list of superintendent finalists was trimmed in secret, Hamilton County Board of Education members...

Signal Mountain committee: Break from Hamilton Schools must boost quality, bottom line

Published May. 4 2017

Signal Mountain's committee looking into the viability of launching a separate school district wants to ensure that the move will...

Hamilton County school board trims list of superintendent candidates in secret

Published May. 3 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education narrowed down its list of superintendent finalists Tuesday by private emails not yet released.

Chattanooga holds summit aimed at preventing toxic stress in children

Published May. 1 2017

Almost 25 percent of Tennesseans went through three or more stressful or traumatic experiences during their childhoods, according to a...

School board approves balanced budget, list of $24 million in 'critical needs' [photos]

Published Apr. 28 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education approved a balanced budget Thursday night, along with a list of additional needs totaling...

Chattanooga Prep approved to open its doors in 2018

Published Apr. 28 2017

Chattanooga Preparatory School will welcome 60 sixth-grade boys into its classrooms in the fall of 2018, after the Hamilton County...

School board approves budget, Chattanooga Prep charter application

Published Apr. 27 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted tonight to approve a budget for this upcoming fiscal year and a charter...