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Kevin Hardy

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For decades, teachers have entered the classroom in their early 20s and stayed in front of the blackboard for 25 years, 30 years or longer.

Republicans have enjoyed a majority in Hamilton County politics for nearly two decades, but the county's Democratic Party chairman says the local left is staging a comeback.

Police say arson is to blame for an early morning Thanksgiving Day fire that left one man dead and several families homeless.

If you can't be home for the holidays, there may be no better place than the Ronald McDonald House.

Red Bank firefighters fought two blazes Thanksgiving morning, including one home fire that left one dead.

Ooltewah High School's marching band will make its third consecutive appearance on national TV today with a prime spot in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Officials say Ringgold's selection into Georgia's Main Street Start-up Program will allow the city to more easily recruit businesses, build downtown events and entice tourists.

He was happy on the night before he died.

The robots are taking over — but not in the way you might think.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools officials say they're under financial siege from rapidly multiplying charter schools. And the state's three other large school districts -- including Hamilton County -- fear they're next.

Hamilton County Schools improved graduation rates this year, though data show only about a third of graduates were eligible for state-funded college scholarships.

The just released 2013 Report Card shows test scores, graduation rates and discipline data for Tennessee schools test scores, graduation rates and discipline data for all Tennessee schools are now available online with the release of the 2013 Report Card.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Two teens are in custody and another is dead after police say their attempted burglary went wrong in Ringgold.

A Catoosa County teen died Monday after a homeowner caught him and another boy attempting to rob his residence.

Kids who are paddled at school are more likely to be black, more likely to be poor and more likely to be boys. And that's why a UTC professor studying the issue says schools should rethink their policies on corporal punishment.

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. — After Tennessee students "blew away" the competition on a national exam and made the state the fastest-improving in the union, Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman took a break from their victory lap to set their sights on a new goal.

Tennessee is one of the most improved states on a national exam of student performance, according to a new federal report released today.

In Linda Sparks' English classes, there's no hiding or ducking out. Everybody participates.

Three members of Hamilton County's legislative delegation say they'll push forward on a school voucher plan this spring when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes.

Hamilton County Schools officials say 10-year-old Luka Hyde had just maxed out in his regular education classroom at Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

A state judge will have to determine whether to believe a student's parents or his teachers as testimony continues in the special education due process case of 10-year-old Luka Hyde, who up until last year attended Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

The war is half won.

There's no such thing as too early.

It's your classic good cop, bad cop routine.

There will be no excuses.

  • Oct. 19th, 2013  |
  • By By Meghan Pittman

Hamilton County commissioners already have final say over which grants the county accepts. But after today, they may have the first word, too.

A state judge soon will determine whether the Hamilton County Schools system provided adequate services for a Chattanooga student with Down syndrome.

Things got deep during a book discussion in a Monday English class at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Community members say there's no excuse for the critters making their way through the halls and classrooms of Brainerd High School.

It really came as no surprise.

Athletic boosters maintain that there are as many lessons to be learned on the field as in the classroom. Yet the long-standing practice in Hamilton County Schools has left individuals and communities largely on their own when it comes to footing the bill for sports.

If Chattanooga's schools are to improve significantly and they are to produce well-trained graduates, education officials say it will take more than just teachers, principals and students.

Though school enrollment stayed flat this year, the Hamilton County school system needs to get prepared for more growth should Volkswagen announce an expansion of its Enterprise South plant, Superintendent Rick Smith said Wednesday.

For the last four years, a public-private partnership has worked to prepare Hamilton County's school leaders for the principal's office. But a new program unveiled this week will work to make sure those principals get more support once they're on the job.

The number of emails hitting Jane Reynolds' email inbox has grown exponentially since the addition of a new school website that the Hamilton County Schools system rolled out this fall.

It was a teacher's dream come true: cases full of pencils and markers. Notebooks stacked from floor to ceiling. A whole room stuffed with art supplies.

Hamilton County Schools will get an additional eight school resource officers thanks to a million-dollar federal grant program.

At first it was the union types. Then groups of parents grew frustrated. And now even the state's school superintendents are piling on criticism of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 rape and murder of a Cleveland woman has had his death sentence commuted.

Hamilton County teachers will get their largest raise in five years after the Board of Education approved an across-the-board bonus and pay hike on Thursday.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean has submitted retirement papers in the midst of a central office investigation.

School leaders and police put Woodmore Elementary School on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after discovering that a second-grader had a handgun in his backpack.

School leaders and police responded to Woodmore Elementary School today, where a second-grader was discovered in possession of a handgun today, officials said.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean has retired, school board Chairman Mike Evatt confirmed today.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean and Assistant Principal Beverly Hollingsworth have been suspended without pay while school district officials investigate a claim of "unprofessional conduct" between the two.

Several Hamilton County schools will pilot iPads or other tablets this year as the district inches forward on its one-to-one technology initiative.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean and Assistant Principal Beverly Hollingsworth have been suspended without pay effective today.

School superintendents across the state are backing an attempt to call out Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and his policies that have drastically reformed the state's public education system.

Hamilton County teachers are voting on a proposed across-the-board salary increase of 3 percent, plus a one-time bonus of 1 percent — the same proposal school board members will vote on next week.

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