Tim Omarzu

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Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press.
Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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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.

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