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Think of it like the “The Magic School Bus,” just with less magic and more science.

Complaints from parents. Repeated reprimands. Meetings with HR. Written and oral warnings.

Three local teachers were honored Friday as the 2014 Hamilton County Teachers of the Year.

Bryan College could shed up to a quarter of its full-time faculty by fall if nobody blinks.

Red Bank High School has been inundated with criticism since news hit that a teacher was forced to resign for taking a student to see a doctor.

In Josh Yother's classroom, students can spend more than 40 minutes on a single math problem.

Parents at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Sale Creek Middle-High, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and others have been lobbying for years for new or expanded schools.

Hamilton County commissioners unanimously approved Mayor Jim Coppinger's proposal to fund four school construction or addition projects.

For $50 million, county officials say taxpayers can afford to fix issues at five zoned neighborhood schools, or replace one magnet school.

A Hamilton County Schools lawsuit demanding nearly $12 million from the city of Chattanooga in unpaid liquor taxes won't be filed just yet, as the two sides have agreed to meet over the dispute.

When Mayor Andy Berke took office last spring, his administration stopped making payments on a legally required tax to the county school system that the previous administration had started to pay.

To bring the technology infrastructure of Hamilton County Schools up to speed, school officials say they must spend millions more annually to hire new teachers, administrators and technicians.

The dispute between Hamilton County Schools and the city of Chattanooga over unpaid liquor taxes will now move to the court system.

Members of the Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to take their dispute over past-due liquor taxes with the city of Chattanooga to court.

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts may top charts for student achievement, but it looks as if a new building for the campus is at best fifth on the county's priority list.

Hamilton County Commissioners today decided to postpone a vote over four schools Mayor Jim Coppinger recommended to fund.

As Gov. Bill Haslam traveled across the state Tuesday trying to preserve the suddenly endangered Common Core State Standards as Tennessee's educational program of choice, a House-passed bill that would delay Common Core for two years appeared to be headed for trouble in the Senate.

It was fitting that the Faulk family was first in line.

In the Rhea County Courthouse in 1925, he famously stood up for biblical creationism and fought against the teaching of evolution in public schools. His victory over John Scopes was viewed as a win for Christianity.

Standardized tests may have never been more important — in Tennessee they help determine student grades, teacher evaluations, and in some cases, even teacher pay.

Hamilton County Schools will look to spend an additional $750,000 next year to continue two programs, now that grant funding has lapsed.

Adam and Eve were the last straw for faculty at Bryan College.

At East Side Elementary School, the cafeteria is packed with hundreds of kids chomping away on scones, sipping juice and eating Honey Nut Cheerios.

In Ukraine, there have been bloody rallies in Independence Square.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bryan College was founded on the back of the country’s most famous debate over creation and evolution.

Cities across Tennessee need to start paying school districts millions of dollars in unpaid mixed-drink taxes, the state attorney general says.

They gathered to talk about school facilities — where new schools should be built and when.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. -- The grieving danced so hard they toppled a fern.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of mourners, reporters and the curious amassed for the visitation and funeral of famed serpent-handling pastor Jamie Coots on Tuesday in this Southeast Kentucky town of about 10,000.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of mourners, reporters and the curious amassed for the visitation and funeral of famed serpent-handling pastor Jamie Coots on Tuesday in this Southeast Kentucky town of about 10,000.

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.

Snake-handling pastor obeyed to the end

Jamie Coots waves away help, dies from venomous bite

His death was as much about faith as his life.

This winter's severe weather has stretched school calendars to the limit.

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

In the latest attempt to purchase the dilapidated Harriet Tubman housing site, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Friday offered housing officials $1 million along with a 20-acre site that Howard School supporters had hoped one day would be home to their new athletic complex.

There will be no God and no Bible, but it may feel a little like a Sunday service. People will gather in a church, hear a message, listen to some music and enjoy fellowship over a potluck supper.

Community college isn't for everyone, but in Tennessee it soon could be free for just about everyone.

These believers drink poison. Handle snakes. Risk all in the name of the Lord. .

They're calling it political suicide.

The decision to send students home at midmorning Tuesday set off a chain reaction of events that left parents stranded on the way to pick up their kids, hampered the efforts of crews working feverishly to clear the roads and left many students stuck at school anyway.

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

TRENTON, Ga. — With millions of dollars at stake, many Georgia superintendents say one state policy is forcing their districts to make a drastic shift in how schools are managed.

Tennessee's largest teachers group says a new policy aimed at ridding schools of bad teachers doesn't just put teachers' jobs on the line, but puts their whole livelihood at risk.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a snake-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart Wednesday.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a serpent-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart today.

Students who transfer into a four-year college from a community college will have a fail-safe in their back pocket, thanks to a new "reverse transfer" program.

Library Journal has named Director Corinne Hill its 2014 Librarian of the Year, keeping Chattanooga’s library at the forefront in the world of public libraries.

Brace yourselves, Southerners: Dixie is going to feel more like the Arctic for a while.

Turns out, altruism isn’t dead after all.

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

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