Rise & Shine: University of Memphis wants to create a diverse middle school. It’s got a long way to go.

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Hidden away on University of Memphis' campus is an elementary school that gives priority admission to children of faculty and staff. Students there consistently score high on state tests. But its demographics look nothing like the rest of Shelby County Schools, the district it contracts with. Campus School has the highest percentage of white students in the city (66 percent) and the lowest percentage of students living in poverty (8 percent). By comparison, about 8 percent of students in Shelby County Schools are white, and 59 percent live in poverty.

University leaders want to change that for their proposed middle school, but school board members want to know more about how they'll get there. Read more about the conversation in today's featured story.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter


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SCHOOL SEGREGATION The University of Memphis is proposing to operate a middle school along with its existing elementary school while boosting student diversity in its programs. Chalkbeat

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