Kendi A. Rainwater (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Kendi A. Rainwater covers education for the Times Free Press. She joined the paper in July of 2014, and has previously reported on courts, crime and municipal government.

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy students are determined to succeed in school, life

Published Feb. 21 2017

Schools across Hamilton County were closed Monday for Presidents Day, but Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy's doors were open and its...

Former Ooltewah High School employees deny culture of hazing and abuse

Published Feb. 15 2017

Two independent investigations say a culture of hazing and abuse existed before the 2015 rape of an Ooltewah High School...

Hamilton County District 5 community meeting highlights success, challenges facing schools

Published Feb. 14 2017

Karitsa Mosley Jones highlighted the successes and challenges facing the schools she represents on the Hamilton County school board during...

Durham School Services responds to lawsuit, says case 'must be dismissed'

Published Feb. 10 2017

Durham School Services says it should not be held liable in federal court.

Law would stop Chattanooga from charging schools stormwater fee

Published Feb. 10 2017

The city of Chattanooga charges Hamilton County Schools between $400,000 and $450,000 in annual stormwater fees, and Gardenhire introduced a...

Hamilton County Schools closed due to illness

Published Feb. 9 2017

Hamilton County's students and teachers have caught the bug that's been causing schools to close across the region.

Education reform group releases wish list to boost Tennessee schools

Published Feb. 8 2017

In an effort to maintain Tennessee's reputation for improving education, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education on Tuesday released its...

Red Bank forms committee to investigate launching separate school district

Published Feb. 8 2017

Red Bank is joining Signal Mountain and investigating the feasibility of breaking away from the Hamilton County Schools system.

School Systems Viability Committee established

Published Feb. 8 2017

For years people on the mountain have talked about breaking away from the county school system, and a group conducting...

Law enforcement to follow, randomly ride in Hamilton County school buses in wake of fatal crash

Published Feb. 6 2017

For the remainder of this school year, law enforcement officers will be randomly following and riding Hamilton County school buses....

Ooltewah rape case: Hamilton County Schools argues it shouldn't be held liable in second federal lawsuit

Published Feb. 1 2017

Hamilton County Schools continues to argue it should not be held liable for the reported sexual assaults of freshmen on...

Youth pastor, not coach, led prayers on field after player injury, school officials say after complaint

Published Feb. 1 2017

As an ambulance carried away the injured player who could not feel his legs, many in the stands, coaches and...


UTC offering support to students amid travel ban

Published Feb. 1 2017

Colleges across the nation are pushing back against President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries, and here the...

Hamilton County school board finalizes superintendent job description, talks busing costs

Published Jan. 31 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education tweaked its superintendent job description and dove back into the topic of busing during...

Signal Mountain selects committee to probe feasibility of split from county schools

Published Jan. 27 2017

The Signal Mountain town council discussed who should serve on a committee to investigate the feasibility of starting its own...

Hamilton County school board meets for strategic working session

Published Jan. 20 2017

Kendi A. Rainwater reports from the Hamilton County school board's strategic working session Friday.

LIVE REPORTS: School board finance committee meeting and voting session

Published Jan. 19 2017

Kendi A. Rainwater reports today from the Hamilton County school board's finance committee meeting and voting session.

Tennessee education commissioner explains new A to F grading system for schools

Published Jan. 18 2017

In an effort to increase accountability, the state will start giving schools a grade of A to F.

Project Inspire aims to put better teachers in schools with poor, minority students

Published Jan. 18 2017

Adrianne Cowan believes the best way to train teachers is by allowing them to learn from really good teachers.

Tennessee education commissioner holds community meeting in Chattanooga

Published Jan. 17 2017

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is holding a town hall meeting tonight at Orchard Knob Elementary School. McQueen plans...