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Memphis school closures
As Shelby County Schools prepares to "right-size" the district by shedding as many as two dozen schools over the next five years, what criteria are driving the closures?
May 17, 2017
How ballet is energizing one Memphis school — and helped save it from closing
Ballet lessons bring the art of dance inside the walls of Dunbar Elementary, a school that was almost shuttered this year by Shelby County Schools.
May 8, 2017
New Memphis school buildings get green light on design funds
Shelby County leaders take the first step toward rebuilding two Memphis elementary schools.
March 28, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers to take a closer look at school closures
Rep. Joe Towns wants to hit the pause button on school closures, saying that empty school buildings hurt property values and tax revenue.
March 28, 2017
Memphians weigh in on Hopson’s investment plan for struggling schools
Shelby County Schools holds a community meeting about Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's plan to address 19 schools dubbed "critical focus" schools.
February 14, 2017
Hopson now wants to invest in struggling Memphis schools instead of just closing them
The superintendent identifies 11 schools that will get their own “treatment plans” under a new model for addressing academics, building needs and enrollment.
February 1, 2017
Hopson just backed away from closing one failing Memphis school. Here are three things to know.
The closure of Dunbar was supposed be part of a larger plan to right-size the district, but things changed. Here's why that's important.
January 31, 2017
One school will close, one will stay open as Hopson alters plan to respond to neighborhood needs
Dunbar Elementary School in Orange Mound will remain open as Shelby County leaders promise academic investments at the low-performing school.
All shook up
January 30, 2017
Elvis’ high school is now an under-enrolled charter school. And state officials will soon decide its fate.
This week, leaders of Tennessee’s Achievement School District are expected to announce whether the 91-year-old Memphis school will remain open.
January 23, 2017
Vote approaches on closing two Memphis schools, while cost of Hopson’s plan grows
The school board soon will decide the fate of two elementary schools, while the district's local funding body will get a heftier-than-expected price tag for new schools.
December 22, 2016
With no one willing to run it, Klondike will be first to close in Achievement School District
No one has stepped up to take over an ASD school that lost its management, meaning that Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary will likely close this year.
December 19, 2016
How Westhaven Elementary — which combined three schools in a new building — may be the new model for closing schools in Memphis
Westhaven opened this fall in a new building in a model that's designed to address district challenges with academics, enrollment and aging buildings.
December 12, 2016
Here’s the data that Memphis leaders are looking at to guide school closures
Enrollment, academics and building conditions are the categories of data that leaders of Shelby County Schools are reviewing.
December 6, 2016
Hopson warns of ‘disheartening’ TNReady scores while board orders hearings on closing schools
Shelby County's superintendent says the soon-to-be-released scores should galvanize the district to address "underutilized, poor-performing schools."
December 2, 2016
Memphis school leaders don’t plan to release comprehensive footprint analysis
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says he doesn't plan to release a comprehensive look at district schools, but will make recommendations incrementally based on the data.
November 29, 2016
Vote on Memphis school closures, construction won’t come until new year
Board members agreed that more time is needed for community discussion on the superintendent's proposal to close seven schools and build three others.
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