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Samantha West is a reporter for Chalkbeat Tennessee, where she covers Memphis’ Shelby County Schools. She’s a 2021 Education Writers Association Reporting Fellow and New to the Beat rookie. Before joining Chalkbeat, she was a K-12 education reporter for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. While studying journalism and English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she interned at The Washington Post and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the Ann Devroy Fellow. A native Minnesotan and a seven-year Wisconsinite, she’s passionate about hotdish (not casserole), the Green Bay Packers, and saying "ope, sorry."

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Shelby County school board votes to close Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, spares Memphis STEM Academy

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Shelby County Schools’ enrollment dips for second consecutive year

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Collierville High School moves to remote learning due to COVID

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Frustration and fear over COVID surge mark Memphis schools’ return from winter break

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Shelby County Schools cancels Thursday classes due to predicted freezing rain, snow

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Memphis students return to class as officials prepare for COVID surge

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As omicron concerns mount, Shelby County opens COVID boosters to ages 16 and 17

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Another judge rules Tennessee public schools can continue mask mandates

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Shelby County Democrats and Republicans won’t endorse school board candidates, despite new state law allowing it

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Memphis school officials are reviewing COVID protocols after health department softens quarantine rules