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July 2, 2019
Rise & Shine: Here’s what research says about whether desegregation busing worked
MANDATORY BUSING Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have catapulted a long-running debate about “busing” and school integration back into the news. Chalkbeat CHARTER SCHOOLS…
July 1, 2019
Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s new testing company gets two years to prove itself under new contract
DONE DEAL Tennessee has signed a two-year contract worth almost $40 million for British-based Pearson to take over its student testing program beginning July 1.
June 24, 2019
Funding approval will save 1,000 pre-K seats in Memphis
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
June 21, 2019
Rise & Shine: Memphis district drops plan to staff school with teacher trainees amid community backlash
PARTNERSHIP CANCELED A new partnership between a teacher training program and Shelby County Schools to transform a low-performing school into a literacy lab is ending…
June 7, 2019
Rise & Shine: New details on Pearson’s TNReady proposal
TNREADY PROPOSAL British testing company Pearson, which will take over Tennessee’s problem-plagued state assessment program, submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than…
June 3, 2019
Rise & Shine: State approves more pay for new teachers, and lessons learned this school year
TEACHER PAY Tennessee teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no teaching experience must be paid a minimum of $36,000 next school year, an increase of…
May 31, 2019
Rise & Shine: A new testing vendor and are rural schools overlooked in urban education efforts?
NEW VENDOR Testing company Pearson will take over Tennessee’s student assessment program beginning next school year. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean RURAL SCHOOLS A new…
May 30, 2019
Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools requests $7.5M in extra funding for programs
FUNDING REQUEST Calling it an investment in the future, Shelby County Schools’ leaders asked county commissioners Wednesday for $7.5 million over their $1.04 billion operating…
The big ask
May 29, 2019
County commissioners weigh extra funding request by Memphis schools
Shelby County Schools has asked the county commission for $7.5 million more for early literacy programs, ACT prep and teachers for English language learners.
May 17, 2019
Rise & Shine: On the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board
HISTORIC CASE Schools in Memphis are more segregated now than the were 50 years ago. Chalkbeat (2018) An interview with Ruby Bridges, who became the…
May 14, 2019
Rise & Shine: Why one teacher wants to build an award-winning computer science program
HOW I TEACH Mehreden Butt has helped to build an award-winning computer science program at a Nashville charter school – and she’s doing it in…
May 3, 2019
Rise & Shine: Charter schools in Achievement School District ask governor to reconsider funding cuts
CHARTER CUTS Ten charter school leaders in Tennessee’s state-run district are asking the governor not to cut priority school grants in his new budget –…
April 29, 2019
Rise & Shine: Can lawmakers iron out differences in school voucher legislation?
EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE Journalists on WKNO TV’S “Behind the Headlines” talk about vouchers, the superintendent search in Shelby County Schools and sports betting to benefit education.
April 26, 2019
Rise & Shine: School vouchers are closer to reality and more about the man who wants to lead Memphis schools
JORIS RAY Shelby County Schools board members are expected to decide Tuesday whether to forego a national superintendent search or hire Joris Ray outright. But…
April 22, 2019
Longtime providers who lost Tennessee grants for infant and toddler services get sympathetic ear in legislature
Tennessee lawmakers have requested that the Department of Education halt awarding a contract to an Indiana company for early intervention services after half of the state's local providers lost their contracts.
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