Kendi A. Rainwater, Times Free Press

Kendi A. Rainwater

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Chattanooga, TN, United States

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Past articles by Kendi:

LIVE: Hamilton County school board expected to discuss Partnership Zone

Leaders of the Hamilton County Schools system are expected to continue discussing at tonight's school board meeting how the district should work to improve its lowest-performing schools. → Read More

Signal Mountain Schools: Committee suggests bump in additional funding for new district

The committee investigating whether Signal Mountain can start its own school system is making final revisions to the new district's proposed budget and expected to release a final report in coming months. → Read More

Nonprofit donates $1 million to teach Bible History in Hamilton County schools

The local nonprofit, Bible in the Schools, presented Hamilton County Schools with a check for more than a $1 million. → Read More

Ooltewah High School Principal named finalist for "Principal of the Year" award

Robin Copp is one of nine finalists competing for the state's 2017-2018 Principal of the Year award. → Read More

Twenty years after schools merged, new leader faces similar challenges

As a fresh school year starts today in Hamilton County, new schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson faces many of the same challenges the first superintendent of the newly consolidated city and county school system grappled with two decades ago. → Read More

UnifiEd challenges community to tackle classroom inequities in Hamilton County

UnifiEd is taking on the elephant in the classroom, and that is the "E" word, longtime Hamilton County educator Edna Varner said. → Read More

Philanthropic website expands to meet more Chattanooga residents' needs

For Amanda Smothers, it was more than just a couple packs of diapers. → Read More

High school students statewide post slight gains on TNReady

High school students across the state posted modest gains in all tested subjects -- math, English, science and U.S. history -- this year. → Read More

Petition asks for Bryan College president's resignation after firing of professor

Frustration with Bryan College leadership boiled over last week after the firing of a tenured professor, with more than 1,000 people signing since Friday a petition calling for the president to resign. → Read More

Hamilton County Schools, former superintendent respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

The Hamilton County Department of Education and former schools Superintendent Rick Smith claim three former employees can't hold them liable for any fallout stemming from the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape. → Read More

LIVE: Hamilton County school board discusses Partnership Zone with new superintendent

The Hamilton County Board of Education is discussing the Partnership Zone for the first time tonight with its new Superintendent Bryan Johnson. → Read More

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce wins 2017 Chamber of the Year

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce claimed the title of 2017 Chamber of the Year during a national awards ceremony Tuesday night. → Read More

Former East Ridge teacher working to motivate students, educators

As a math teacher at East Ridge High School three years ago, Christopher Morris was burnt out and so were his students. → Read More

Judge: Hamilton County Schools violated federal laws in special education case

A federal judge on Monday ruled the Hamilton County Department of Education violated multiple federal guidelines protecting students with disabilities when it removed a second-grader with Down syndrome from Normal Park Elementary School in 2013. → Read More

Hamilton County school board expected to vote on new superintendent contract

The Hamilton County Board of Education is expected to vote tonight to approve a contract for the district's newly named Superintendent Bryan Johnson. → Read More

Chattanooga's Office of Early Learning gains a new director

Ariel Ford believes investing in a child's earliest years is about more than preparing them for kindergarten; it's also a way to strengthen families and communities. → Read More

Tennessee education chief meets with community stakeholders about future of county's lowest-performing schools

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is holding several meetings this week with community stakeholders and the Hamilton County school board members who represent the district's five lowest-performing schools. → Read More

Talks continue about Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools

As the Tennessee Department of Education determines how it will intervene in five of Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools, the state is getting feedback from community members invested in the schools through several meetings this week. → Read More

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price visiting Chattanooga tomorrow

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will be in Chattanooga tomorrow, learning more about the opioid crisis gripping the nation. → Read More

TechTown offers students a different kind of summer camp

Tanner Mayfield has played a lot of video games over the years, but last week at TechTown was the first time he got to take a crack at developing his own game. → Read More