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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More Tennessee high school seniors are graduating, and they’re doing better on the ACT test.

The high school graduation rate has improved for the third year in a row at Georgia’s public schools, climbing to 72.5 percent, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

DALTON, Ga. — Most of Dug Gap Elementary School’s students don’t come from well-off families. About 70 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Whitfield County, Ga., Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Smitherman drove his patrol car Friday morning with a blood alcohol content of either 0.236 percent or 0.222 percent -- almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The $21-million Ooltewah Elementary School, which opened last year, has an empty art classroom and an unused science lab because the Hamilton County Department of Education hasn't employed elementary school art teachers for years. And the school doesn't have money for a full-time science teacher, either.

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With a Nov. 1 deadline approaching, some 42,000 of Tennessee's roughly 62,000 high school seniors — or about two-thirds — have applied for Tennessee Promise, a new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the costs of a two-year college degree.

Motivational speaker Joe Martin knew how to grab the attention of teachers Wednesday at the Public Education Foundation's 25th anniversary luncheon.

Kerri Sholl filled up her Volvo sport-utility vehicle Tuesday morning with the cheapest gas in Chattanooga — and she knew it.

When Dalton High School's football team has its pregame dinner Thursday for seniors, they'll hear a riveting story from a Dalton Middle School gym teacher, Adam "Wingo" Cordell, about beating the odds.

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