Three years ago, Marcia Griffin went door to door in the inner city, meeting with dozens of parents to pitch her idea for a new charter school in Chattanooga. She quibbled with the Hamilton County Board of Education for approval and finally opened her elementary school in the Eastgate Town Center, between a call center and a nightclub.

Mike Evatt, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, will not run for re-election, he announced Monday.

For Chattanooga mom Amy Clarke and her neighbors, the past three days have been one tricky juggling act.

It's not just about getting something new and shiny.

After years of begging, pleading and petitioning county and education officials, parents of students at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary and CSLA may be able to relax. Education leaders have agreed both aged schools need replacing -- when money is available.

A state judge has found in favor of Hamilton County Schools in a case alleging the school system denied 10-year-old Luka Hyde his federally mandated special education services.

Rhonda Thurman said she was a little surprised no one else had questions about the Hamilton County school system's look at a bring your own device policy for students.

A year after Hamilton County Schools officials unveiled an ambitious technology-for-all plan, teachers are one step closer to formally allowing students to bring their own smartphones, laptops and tablets into the classroom.

For years, the Hamilton County school system has used its generous health insurance plan as a recruiting tool, a way to make up for relatively lower teacher wages. And it was easy to sell. With low copayments and hospital visits at only $100, the plan offers nearly incomparable coverage.

For decades, teachers have entered the classroom in their early 20s and stayed in front of the blackboard for 25 years, 30 years or longer.

The robots are taking over — but not in the way you might think.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools officials say they're under financial siege from rapidly multiplying charter schools. And the state's three other large school districts -- including Hamilton County -- fear they're next.

Hamilton County Schools improved graduation rates this year, though data show only about a third of graduates were eligible for state-funded college scholarships.

Kids who are paddled at school are more likely to be black, more likely to be poor and more likely to be boys. And that's why a UTC professor studying the issue says schools should rethink their policies on corporal punishment.

In Linda Sparks' English classes, there's no hiding or ducking out. Everybody participates.

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