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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Legislation to lower students' interest rate on college debt doesn't see light of day

Sen. Alexander dismisses Democrat's proposal as 'political stunt'

Adara Joiner is one of the lucky ones.

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?

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