Whew, it's been a newsy week! A Memphis school with heating problems reopened after three weeks. The Shelby County Schools board voted to close a charter school after 10 years. Sesame Street and Elmo came to Memphis to launch an early education initiative. The state released a revamped report card. A story about a Memphis teacher creating a physics website to make the topic more engaging went viral. State officials were in Chattanooga to tout a new turnaround effort in Hamilton County Schools called the Partnership Network. And Education Commissioner Candice McQueen warned that more low-performing schools in Memphis and Nashville may be taken over by the Achievement School District.
In today's education news roundup, read how Maury County is fighting truancy and a church and a Shelby County school have teamed up to make Christmas a littler merrier for families. Also, check out stories from our Chalkbeat colleagues in Chicago for an update on a strike by charter school teachers, and in Indiana, where the governor is pumping the brakes on teacher pay raises.
Finally, as this week comes to a close, we wanted to remind you that it’s Match Week at Chalkbeat. If you donate by this Saturday (12/8), your donations will go five times as far. Thanks to dollar-for-dollar matches from our partners, $100 turns into $500, and Chalkbeat continues to serve this community with independent education news. Become a sustaining member, and you can still get the brand-new Chalkbeat water bottle. Donate now.
— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief