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Eyebrows were raised at Thursday night’s Hamilton County school board meeting over the roughly $1,000-a-day-per-consultant cost to hire a firm from Atlanta to boost teachers’ skills at improving literacy at Orchard Knob Middle School.

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was on the verge of being shut down in 2012 when Elaine Swafford took over as executive director.

At Chattanooga Valley Middle School, 71 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

A lot of pride and a little duct tape

Tyner Academy marching band plays on despite instruments that are falling apart

Miracle Chappelle got promoted to play tuba in Tyner Academy’s marching band.

When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Chattanooga Tuesday as part of his back-to-school bus tour through the South, he talked about something he encounters often: Waiting lists to get kids into prekindergarten classes.

The Hamilton County School District moved closer to its long-range goal to shut down Alpine Crest, DuPont and Rivermont elementary schools and replace them with a new, supersized elementary school where the Hixson Pike YMCA now stands.

Kisha Fifer teaches at Chambliss Center for Children, where she gets 3- and 4-year-olds ready for kindergarten — also known as “big school.”

A total of 362 incidents of bullying were reported last year to Hamilton County public school administrators.

Can your 4-year-old child rhyme two words? Take turns in conversation? Stand on one foot? Hold a pencil correctly?

Every student gets an iPad at the STEM School, a Hamilton County high school on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.

Georgia teens can drive only with family members for the first six months they have their Class D, or intermediate, driver’s license. For the next six months, 16- through 18-year-old drivers can have only one non-family passenger under age 21.

The Howard School has long been a source of pride in Chattanooga's black community.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — River Sosebee, 17, worked at the Bi-Lo supermarket here, was happy to have Alexis Pinson, 18, as his girlfriend, and was partial to posting photos of big pickup trucks on his Facebook page.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — When the school year starts here next week, students will have some grieving to do for three classmates who died and one who was critically injured in a freak accident Thursday that killed a man mowing grass on Old CCC Camp Road outside the community of Eton.

Life got tougher Thursday for teachers and school employees whose spouses get health insurance through the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The Hamilton County school board didn't waste time Thursday changing the way the school system's health care plan handles spouses.

Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, a booming, 2,500-member church in a former Bi-Lo supermarket on South Broad Street, may get more parking space. And its neighbor, Church of the First Born, may get a new home in the former Piney Woods Elementary School.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith is either terrible at long-range planning or about as good as he can be — depending on which school board member graded him on his annual evaluation that became available Friday.

Should it cost an extra $100 a month out-of-pocket for Hamilton County public school teachers and employees to keep their spouses on the school district’s health plan, raising the monthly cost to $533 for families?

Grit and hard work got Allen Elementary School in Soddy-Daisy recognized Thursday as one of the top schools in Tennessee, Principal Earlene Weeks said.

Hamilton County had six "Reward Schools" recognized by the state for achievement and growth, according to a list released Thursday morning.

Gov. Bill Haslam had a question Tuesday morning for Red Bank High School students assembled in the gym.

Sex Week fallout may affect UTC programs

As new semester begins, one-fourth of students ‘opting out’

Student organizations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may see their funding reduced by $43,000 this year, thanks to fallout over “Sex Week” at the university’s main campus in Knoxville.

Westview Elementary School: A son's rampage, a parent's lament

Mental problems to blame for school vandalism rampage, suspect's parents say

When sheriff's deputies confronted Aaron Roden inside Westview Elementary School early Tuesday morning, they saw a man wearing nothing but boxer shorts, dangling from a TV holder secured to the rafters.

Hamilton County Schools struggle with healthcare costs

Could eat up 3 percent raise teachers got last year, board member worries

A proposal to charge teachers and school employees an extra $100 a month to keep their spouse and families on the school's health care plan got a cool reception Wednesday from the Hamilton County School Board.

Sheriff Jim Hammond couldn’t say Tuesday what possessed a 22-year-old man to single-handedly vandalize Westview Elementary School so badly that the school was closed all day.

School enrollment should jump in Hamilton County once Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant starts building VW’s new sport utility vehicle, schools Superintendent Rick Smith said.

When students arrive at Southern Adventist University for fall classes, they'll be attending what's been dubbed the "tamest party school" in Tennessee.

With 19 people seeking five contested seats on the nine-member Hamilton County Board of Education, a lot could have changed Thursday night.

When a student gets caught with a smartphone now in a Hamilton County public school, the phone can be confiscated.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Hamilton County school district parents registering their kids for school Monday morning — depending on whether the parents could prove where their children lived.

Hamilton County's newest high school has grown — on a community college campus.

'Readmobile Guy' reads aloud to every child in Hamilton County (with video)

'Enthusiasm is key' in getting kids to love reading

Practice makes perfect. And Stewart Payne has lots of practice reading to kids.

A year after he was arrested for crossing a “free speech” perimeter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to question a controversial street preacher, Cole Montalvo will get a trial on Nov. 10.

Cole Montalvo will get a trial on Nov. 10 — almost exactly one year after he was arrested for crossing a "free speech" perimeter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to question controversial street preacher Angela Cummings.

The Rossville Public Library will be open only 18 hours a week starting Monday, compared to 30 hours at its sister libraries in Chickamauga and LaFayette.

With his white beard, lined face and gravelly voice, Gary Owens could pass for songwriter Kris Kristofferson’s younger brother.

Play-Doh and papier–mâché may be living on borrowed time at Clifton Hills Elementary School.

Playing in the sand just got real at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Weston Wamp is a member of the generation of "millennials" born since 1981 that, according a Pew Research Center poll last year, supports same-sex marriage by 70 percent.

Conservative former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum today announced his endorsement of Weston Wamp in his race for the Republican nomination for Congress from Tennessee’s Third District.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga anthropology professor Lyn Miles thought she'd contribute to science in the late 1970s by being the first researcher to teach sign language to an orangutan.

How do you get a job making the new sport utility vehicle at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant?

If early voting numbers are any indicator, most of Tuesday's runoff races in Northwest Georgia will be decided by a scant few.

Four members of the Bryan College board of trustees have resigned, saying they're upset with the direction that the Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tenn., has taken under President Stephen Livesay.

The Hamilton County Board of Education will set up a committee to figure out how to spend what District 3 school board member Greg Martin called a "windfall" of $11.7 million in liquor tax money.

Live homework help online. Downloadable books. Video tutorials on how to build websites, create smart phone apps and write code.

Kids need a good talking-to — and scoldings don't count.

"There's no word they've done anything on the timeline," McDade said.

No child left behind — on the school bus.

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