Meghan Mangrum (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Meghan Mangrum covers education for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She joined the paper in November 2017. Previously, she worked as a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network in Florida, reported on education for Chalkbeat, and covered government, tourism and real estate for Miami Today. A Florida native, Meghan moved to Chattanooga in 2017. She attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where she managed undergraduate student journalists for WUFT News. There she led the award-winning multimedia project "Our Gainesville," as well as Electionland, an information verification effort during the 2016 presidential election organized by ProPublica. Meghan served with AmeriCorps from 2013 to 2015, working in high-needs schools in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a journalism degree in 2013. Meghan enjoys yoga, kayaking and hanging out with her dogs, Sophie and George. You can contact her at or 423-757-6592.

Class Notes: Groundbreaking scheduled for new Harrison Elementary, and more education news

Published May. 6 2019

Groundbreaking scheduled for new Harrison Elementary

Hamilton County Schools leaders propose to eliminate general school fees

Published May. 5 2019

Ten dollars for English class, $20 for science labs, $5 for social studies, $10 to $60 for sports teams, $50...

Hamilton County taxpayers could see a 49-cent property tax rate increase this year

Published May. 3 2019

Hamilton County taxpayers could see a 49-cent increase to their property tax rate this year.

Hamilton County teachers could see a 5% pay bump if additional school funding is approved

Published May. 2 2019

Employees of one of Hamilton County's largest employers might be getting a 5% pay raise next year.

Hamilton County school board members say 'the time is now' for tax increase for schools

Published May. 2 2019

Hamilton County's school board members on Thursday night were almost unanimously in favor of Superintendent Bryan Johnson's proposed $443 million...

Hamilton County Commission nixes proposal to use hotel tax collections for homeless shelter, tourism projects

Published May. 1 2019

A proposal to use part of the hotel tax now devoted entirely to the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau...

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond requests budget increase to raise officer wages

Published May. 1 2019

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is requesting a $5.6 million increase in next year's budget for the sheriff's office, in...

Tennessee schools chief Penny Schwinn, in Hamilton County to speak at banquet, says she's pleased with Partnership Network

Published Apr. 29 2019

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said she was settling into her role and thinking strategically about the role of the...

Class Notes: CGLA students learn financial literacy skills, and more education news

Published Apr. 29 2019

CGLA students learn financial literacy skills

Howard program targets 'newcomer' students and seeks to help them transition

Published Apr. 28 2019

Militza has only lived in the United States for about two months. And the 17-year-old has been attending school in...

Southside renaissance is in full swing

Published Apr. 28 2019

On an average afternoon, take a walk down Main Street and you could grab a coffee or pastry at Niedlov's...

Hamilton County school board officially severs ties with Durham, approves new bus service contract

Published Apr. 25 2019

As of July 1, Hamilton County Schools' bus transportation will no longer be provided by Durham School Services.


Tax increase? Hamilton County Schools superintendent asks for additional $34 million in $443 million budget proposal

Published Apr. 25 2019

Superintendent Bryan Johnson wants to ask Hamilton County for an additional $34 million for Hamilton County Schools' annual budget.

Hamilton County Schools names Jill Levine as chief of innovation and choice

Published Apr. 24 2019

Hamilton County Schools is restructuring the leadership of the Opportunity Zone, one of the district's five learning communities established under...

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy to remain open despite reports the school would close at end of year

Published Apr. 24 2019

Just a few weeks after local media reported that Hamilton Heights Christian Academy would be closing at the end of...

Hamilton County superintendent reports significant school improvements in letter to Mayor Jim Coppinger ahead of Thursday's budget presentation

Published Apr. 23 2019

Hamilton County schools have made significant improvements in alignment with recommendations laid out by the Hamilton County Schools Budget Working...

Class Notes: Cleveland State named College of the Year, and more education news

Published Apr. 22 2019

The College System of Tennessee recently honored Cleveland State Community College as college of the year.

'We have lots of success stories': Public Education Foundation celebrates 30 years of transforming education in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 21 2019

Catherine Casselman knelt in the center of a beige rug in her brightly colored classroom at East Side Elementary.

Hamilton County school leaders anticipate improved student performance on TNReady after receiving encouraging results from benchmark tests

Published Apr. 18 2019

Hamilton County school district officials and board members are encouraged and enthusiastic going into this year's TNReady testing season, thanks...

Hamilton County educators speak out against Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher proposal

Published Apr. 18 2019

About a dozen teachers and representatives from the local teachers' union gathered outside the Hamilton County Department of Education tonight...