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If Chattanooga's schools are to improve significantly and they are to produce well-trained graduates, education officials say it will take more than just teachers, principals and students.

Though school enrollment stayed flat this year, the Hamilton County school system needs to get prepared for more growth should Volkswagen announce an expansion of its Enterprise South plant, Superintendent Rick Smith said Wednesday.

For the last four years, a public-private partnership has worked to prepare Hamilton County's school leaders for the principal's office. But a new program unveiled this week will work to make sure those principals get more support once they're on the job.

The number of emails hitting Jane Reynolds' email inbox has grown exponentially since the addition of a new school website that the Hamilton County Schools system rolled out this fall.

It was a teacher's dream come true: cases full of pencils and markers. Notebooks stacked from floor to ceiling. A whole room stuffed with art supplies.

Hamilton County Schools will get an additional eight school resource officers thanks to a million-dollar federal grant program.

At first it was the union types. Then groups of parents grew frustrated. And now even the state's school superintendents are piling on criticism of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 rape and murder of a Cleveland woman has had his death sentence commuted.

Hamilton County teachers will get their largest raise in five years after the Board of Education approved an across-the-board bonus and pay hike on Thursday.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean has submitted retirement papers in the midst of a central office investigation.

School leaders and police put Woodmore Elementary School on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after discovering that a second-grader had a handgun in his backpack.

School leaders and police responded to Woodmore Elementary School today, where a second-grader was discovered in possession of a handgun today, officials said.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean has retired, school board Chairman Mike Evatt confirmed today.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean and Assistant Principal Beverly Hollingsworth have been suspended without pay while school district officials investigate a claim of "unprofessional conduct" between the two.

Several Hamilton County schools will pilot iPads or other tablets this year as the district inches forward on its one-to-one technology initiative.

Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean and Assistant Principal Beverly Hollingsworth have been suspended without pay effective today.

School superintendents across the state are backing an attempt to call out Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and his policies that have drastically reformed the state's public education system.

Hamilton County teachers are voting on a proposed across-the-board salary increase of 3 percent, plus a one-time bonus of 1 percent — the same proposal school board members will vote on next week.

The narrative about Tennessee's public schools in the past few years has been dominated by reform and improvement.

The football stadium at Howard School is so deteriorated that raw sewage tends to bubble up near the restrooms.

It looks and sounds like a typical school: cubbies, bulletin boards and tiny chairs. Kids run around the gym, a few shriek aloud. Sounds of bouncing basketballs and plastic scooters echo far beyond the basketball court. Except at the Marty Center, there's a good chance some of the kids don't even realize all the racket they're making.

A professor at Sewanee: The University of the South has won a national award, and $20,000 cash, for his book chronicling life within one square meter of a Tennessee forest.'

The current leaders of the Hamilton County Commission and the county school board will face off in May for the open Circuit Court Clerk seat.

Mike Evatt, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, will run for the county’s Circuit Court Clerk position.

It usually happens behind closed doors. Or not at all.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked Hamilton County Schools to end monthly after-school prayer services at Hardy Elementary School.

Sometimes, even 20 bucks can seem like a miracle.

Several Hamilton County high schools will pilot new advanced manufacturing and IT courses next school year as part of a regional effort to better prepare students for the workforce.

Parents, students and teachers at East Brainerd Elementary School will have to wait another year for a new school.

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — Forget books, worksheets and pencils. Saddle Ridge School is leaping into the 21st century.

Conservative pastors say this is a fight they didn't pick. Rather, society carried its culture wars right into the sanctuary.

Collegedale's decision to grant benefits to same-sex couples was a victory for Kat Cooper, a gay detective who championed the months-long effort that made the Chattanooga suburb the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of its government employees.

Twice the number of Hamilton County's schools were honored for high achievement and growth in 2013 over last year.

Two-fifteen p.m. is the end of the school day for the many Hamilton County students who begin classes at 7:15 a.m. It's time for sports, rec centers and video games. Maybe even some homework.

Fourteen of Hamilton County's public schools were honored today for posting test scores among the highest five percent in the state.

Stroll down the pavement that travels from barnyard goats to dreadful Komodo dragons and you'll see 2-foot toddlers pressing their noses against glass.

The fate of a proposed raise for Hamilton County's teachers remains under wraps after school board members discussed the issue in a closed-door meeting Thursday night.

Hamilton County Schools' enrollment has bounced back, with nearly 2,000 students showing up for class between the opening day on Aug. 8 and Wednesday's fifth day of school.

Hamilton County Schools’ enrollment dip has bounced back, with nearly 2,000 students showing up for class between the opening day on August 8 and Wednesday’s fifth day of school.

Cleveland, Tenn.'s newest elementary school may be, structurally speaking, one of the safest in the nation when it opens in 2015.

Hamilton County's school buses ran a little lighter Thursday, as fewer kids showed up for classes on the first day of school.

It's all down to the dollars.

Alert: An abandoned bowl of apples and oranges has been found on the edge of the highway coming down from Signal Mountain.

On Thursday, some 42,000 students and 6,000 employees headed back to school in Hamilton County.

About half of Tennessee school districts — including Hamilton County — need to improve the academic performance for students with disabilities, according to the latest data released by the Tennessee Department of Education.

We’ve been taking tests since the days of the one-room schoolhouse.

There’s nothing like seeing for yourself.

State officials hope that a new online-only university will boost the number of Tennesseans completing college degrees.

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