NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Fewer Metro Nashville High School graduates will attend college this fall and the pandemic is the likely cause.

A new report from the Nashville Public Education Foundation says about 53 percent of all grads will not begin college this year.

That represents a roughly 8 percent drop from 2020 and the worst college-going rate in more than a decade.

The foundation estimates that the pandemic is to blame for about 800 Metro students failing to start college over the last two school years.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The CEO of a Tennessee telemedicine company has been fired after being captured on video making disparaging remarks to a male high school student in a prom dress.

James Dalton Stevens told news outlets he wanted to make a statement with the dress but didn’t expect the kind of attention he got from the man who was later identified as VisuWell CEO Sam Johnson.

Stevens said Johnson ridiculed him for wearing a dress as he took photos with his boyfriend on Saturday at a hotel in Franklin.

Nashville, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Students at two Christian universities in Tennessee have signed on to a class action lawsuit challenging LGBTQ related religious exemptions to federal Title IX regulations.

One student at Nashville’s Lipscomb University and two students at Union University in Jackson are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education.

Metro Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Metro Nashville Schools will next week begin registering students for special learning-loss summer school sessions.

The free summer learning options will be open to all student. However, priority will be given to students from low income families considered to be most in need of academic support.

Earlier in this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers mandated the summer classes be offered by every school system. Lawmakers, educators and parents have expressed growing alarm over student learning loss precipitated by the pandemic.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville Schools closed on Thursday, but Metro children will be expected to attend classes online on Friday.

In addition, School Administrators on Wednesday announced changes to the phased plan for returning Metro students to in-person learning.

Children in grades 5 and 9 were scheduled to return to their classes Thursday. They’re now expected back in class beginning next Tuesday.