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Metro Nashville Schools kicks off school discipline reform

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District officials, educators, and community members came together Wednesday in Nashville to kick off an initiative aimed at reducing racial disparities in school discipline. Their ambitions were not merely local.
 
District leaders and the national organizations backing the initiative, called PASSAGE, hope Nashville can help Tennessee and the nation change a status quo that President Barack Obama has called unacceptable. Across the country, students of color are suspended and expelled at a far higher rate than white students.

Made In Rural America

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“Only the Serious Need Attend” could have been the slogan for the Made In Rural America forum held at Southwest Tennessee Community College – Macon Cove Campus last week (July 17th).
 
In a small amount of time a tremendous amount of information was shared with those serious enough to consider doing business outside of their perceived comfort zone. The context was this: While most businesses focus on a local market and a few become national, there are some that have their business so together that they can pursue business on an international level.

LeBron ‘Freak of Nature’ James

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Some weeks ago immediately following the NBA Finals we said, “If you believe LeBron James is a physical freak of nature in terms of size, speed, agility and ability, then break on down, give him props and acknowledge that he’s also an intellectual freak of nature with maturity, savvy, leadership and communication skills that greatly transcend his age, background and educational attainment.”
 
Did we hit the nail on the head or not?

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“And So It Goes” (PG-13 for sexual references and drug use) Romantic comedy revolving around a narcissistic realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his carefree next-door neighbor (Diane Keaton) when the 9 year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed is suddenly dropped at his doorstep. With Frankie Valli, Yaya DaCosta,  Annie Parisse and Austin Lysy. 
 
“Hercules” (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity and brief profanity) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. 

Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core

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A group of conservative scholars and a charter school principal pushed for vouchers and urged Tennesseans to be wary of the Common Core standards during a forum Tuesday.
 
The program, whose attendees included legislators, representatives from conservative think tanks, and parents opposed to the rapid expansion of charters in the city, was held by a non-profit funded by Charles Koch, the controversial and influential conservative billionaire. It gave insight into the type of initiatives in Tennessee and across the country he might back this upcoming legislative session.