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Achievement School District
June 21, 2019
Hands-on learning drives teachers and students at the only Montessori school in Tennessee’s turnaround district
At a time when many educators are focused on facts, metrics and standards, Montessori schools are focused on hands-on practice.
June 18, 2019
‘We have to get this right’: With Sharon Griffin out, achievement district seeks consistency, communication
Sharon Griffin will be replaced on an interim basis by two current Achievement School DIstrict leaders.
June 17, 2019
Under growing tension, heralded turnaround leader Sharon Griffin resigns as head of achievement district
A year after Sharon Griffin’s ascension into leadership of Tennessee’s embattled turnaround district drew widespread praise – and after months of tension.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 5, 2019
High-profile principal is among reshuffling at the Achievement School District
The leader of Tennessee’s turnaround district’s highest-performing school is heading to a new position this summer, a year after the fourth superintendent change.
June 4, 2019
After a year with a new leader, high hopes are giving way to tension within Tennessee’s turnaround district
The initial excitement over the Achievement School District's new leader has given way to an impasse between the superintendent and the district's charter leaders.
May 16, 2019
Aspire wants to leave Memphis but keep its four schools open. What will that look like?
Four months after a California charter operator decided to hand off its Memphis schools, a transition plan sheds light on what exactly the spin-off could look like.
May 9, 2019
Tennessee’s state-run district has a new look. Here’s why the Achievement School District invested in rebranding.
The Achievement School District underwent an$11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin.
May 2, 2019
Tennessee charter leaders say special education funding could get shortchanged in governor’s new budget
Every charter leader in the Achievement School District signed a letter requesting that Gov. Bill Lee reconsider cuts to the allocation for priority school state grants for next year.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
April 18, 2019
Longtime Memphian Bobby White out as official at state-run turnaround district
Bobby White joined the achievement district in 2016 as the chief of external affairs.
March 29, 2019
One parent’s voice is the start of renewed focus on parent engagement for Tennessee’s turnaround district
“We have to create a committee that as we make decisions we hear from you,” Achievement School District leader Sharon Griffin told the one parent in attendance.
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