California-based Aspire Public Schools brings 30 principals from the West Coast for training in Memphis, where leaders are exploring expanding its charter network.
The grant ensures the expansion of one of the embattled district's most successful initiatives at a time when federal funding for school turnaround work is drying up.
Shelby County's school chief wants to merge Hillcrest and Whitehaven, and turn East High School into a Science Technology Engineering and Math magnet school.
Advocates of a proposal to set ground rules between the Shelby County school district and the Memphis area's charter schools are hoping the third try's the charm.
The charter operator makes its case to the state for why it should be allowed to open a third school in Memphis, even though the local district has denied its application.
A deeper look at Shelby County Schools' case against the state over education funding in Memphis, where most students are low income and minorities
The Shelby County Board of Education sues the state and claims that Tennessee isn't adequately funding its schools, especially for its most vulnerable children.
Saying they don't want priority schools in Memphis to feel "abandoned" by the local district to the state, Shelby County leaders plan visits with those school communities.
The education-focused nonprofit uses AmeriCorps members and has gained notoriety for its ability to cut down on student absenteeism and boost graduation rates.