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The Tennessean’s Opinion Section Legitimized a Liar and a Grifter

Nashville Scene

May 16, 2022

One frustrating thing about The Tennessean is that it does such a great job of hiring talented writers, and then saddles them with stupid decisions they can do nothing about. Until they move on, or they’re laid off — then we all sit around hoping WPLN or someone else can scoop them up.

Ravenwood High students protest, speak out following racist incident

Tennessean

May 16, 2022

Jadon Moore arrived at Ravenwood High earlier this month to discover a shocking statement typed into the username prompt of his computer.

It was was a racial slur. Strategically placed so he would see it.

Conservative parents take aim at library apps meant to expand access to books

NBC News

May 12, 2022

E-reader apps that became a lifeline for students during the pandemic are now in the crossfire of a culture war raging over books in schools and public libraries.

In several states, apps and the companies that run them have been targeted by conservative parents who have pushed schools and public libraries to shut down their digital programs, which let users download and read books on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Most Tennesseans oppose book banning, despite recent laws, new poll finds

Tennessean

May 11, 2022

Most Tennesseans are opposed to banning books, despite lawmakers' recent efforts to restrict what is available in school libraries, a new poll finds.

Tennessee schools could now see blanket book bans. Here's what you need to know.

Tennessean

May 10, 2022

During the last days of this year's legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers quickly passed a law opening the door for potential statewide bans on books challenged by parents in public schools.

The bill gives the politically-appointed state textbook commission, which includes controversial members like a long-time activist accused of being "anti-Muslim," the authority to hear appeals from students, families or school employees who disagree with a local school board's decision regarding a challenged book.

‘Age-appropriate’ books, history, and CRT: What you need to know about the Tennessee curriculum debate

Chalkbeat Tennessee

May 5, 2022

Officials nationwide have raced to enact new laws and introduce new policies meant to shape how students learn and discuss history. Many of these efforts have attempted to ban critical race theory, an academic framework primarily taught at the college level that examines how policies and the law perpetuate systemic racism.

'I read banned books': Tennessee library releases a library card to combat book bans

USA Today

May 5, 2022

Nashville Public Library is protesting banned books by way of a bright yellow library card with a special message: "I read banned books."

The limited-edition cards are a part of the library's Freedom to Read campaign celebrating the "right to read."

Nashville Public Library encourages readers to sign up for 'I read banned books' card

NBC News

May 5, 2022

The Nashville Public Library launched a campaign urging readers to check out "banned books" — a push that comes as two Tennessee school districts are removing critically acclaimed works from their curriculums.

The NPL's "Freedom to Read" effort is seeking to sign up 5,000 new Davidson County residents for library cards in the month ending on May 26.

How the age-appropriate debate is altering curriculum in Tennessee and nationwide

Chalkbeat

May 5, 2022

Chara Dixon and Keishana Barnes want Tennessee schools to teach their children about slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights movement. They both believe that educators should roll out lessons about U.S. history in an age-appropriate manner.

But the two women have very different ideas about the right age for those lessons, stemming in large part from their personal experiences, including how they’re raising their children.

The results are in: 20,550 vote in county primary

Williamson Herald

May 4, 2022

Williamson County voters made their voices heard Tuesday in the county Republican and Democratic primary election.

On race and schools, here’s what Americans agree and disagree on

Chalkbeat

May 3, 2022

American schools have suddenly found themselves at the center of several fierce cultural debates, particularly related to race and racism. The stakes are high — both politically and educationally.

Tennessee governor signs new K-12 funding formula into law

Williamson Herald

May 2, 2022

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law Monday an overhaul he proposed for the formula for funding the state's multibillion-dollar K-12 education system.

The Republican signed the law at Franklin High School, where he attended school. Lawmakers in the Republican-supermajority General Assembly passed the bill last week. There were some crossover votes, with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposing it.