Cathryn Stout

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Tennessee
Communities are navigating the reality of gun violence and school shootings. Here is a guide of resources for students, parents, teachers, and more.
The legislation on Black history instruction comes at a turning point in U.S. history education nationwide
With Billy Orgel’s late decision not to seek reelection, Amber Huett-Garcia is the only candidate running for District 8.
2021 Teacher of the Year finalist Adrian Hampton reflects on how he teaches after losing a student to gun violence and facing grieving students and an eerily empty desk.
The appointment to fill the remainder of the term will be a short one as voters will get to select a new school board member during the Aug. 4 general election.
The governor’s plan to bring dozens of Hillsdale charter schools to Tennessee and the mounting resistance to the partnership are the latest battle in the classroom culture wars.
After two decades in the classroom, youthful veteran Ericka Payne-Clark has noticed that many students learn best when they’re out of their seats and on their feet.
When asked if other runs for office are in her future, Avant replied, “Whatever God leads me to do to continue to serve people, I will do.”
Chalkbeat is tracking efforts to restrict teaching about race and bias in schools, as well as efforts to expand it, on this map of critical race theory legislation.
Tennessee Gov. proposes $1 billion more for K-12 education and a new institute to fight “anti-American thought” in higher education in his annual budget.
Parents’ divided views on COVID safety measures may reflect the conflicting covid policies that abound in Tennessee.
As we reflect on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and Day of Service, some of you shared your thoughts on King’s early perspective on education and if education in 2022 is fulfilling its purpose.
At stake in the case is the future of school vouchers in Tennessee. Republican Gov. Bill Lee pushed the educational savings accounts, or school voucher law in 2019, as a way for students in Nashville and Memphis to use public funds to pay for private education.
A school year already burdened by a pandemic adds another daunting disruption: rebuilding after the storm. And with the number of tornadoes increasing in parts of the country, it’s a disruption that educators are facing more frequently.
In the aftermath of a tragedy, the politics of mourning can be complicated for Black children as their grief traditions clash with a litany of rules.
“She seems well prepared to help Rhodes move forward with boldness and clarity,” said Charles McKinney, chair of Africana Studies at Rhodes.
Chalkbeat asked school psychologist Dr. Kay Streeter how teachers and parents should talk to their children about trauma and the gun violence epidemic in the wake of Young Dolph’s death.
This year marks Chris Coleman’s 21st year in education, and as the executive director of Teach For America Memphis, he’s helping it develop an alumni program to recruit veteran teachers.
In Thursday’s court filing, the county said it would like to continue overseeing COVID mitigation efforts, authority that the state may soon limit.
“Even people who don’t really care about the COVID/mask issues understand it’s just wrong to treat private school kids better than public school kids,” said Senate minority leader Jeff Yarbro.
Most Americans back universal mask wearing in schools, but the issue remains hotly contested in Tennessee.
With the support of relatives and community members, students gathered at the scene of a recent shooting to organize against the violence strangling their neighborhood and schools.