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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.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s education chief talks accountability during visits to Memphis turnaround schools
Here's what Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn had to say about the Achievement School District in Memphis.
March 21, 2019
Griffin: Higher standards, more certified teachers and better K-2 instructors are top priorities for Tennessee’s turnaround district
Sharon Griffin is ready to make some sweeping changes in the Achievement School District’s 30 charter schools.
March 12, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline
This middle school, a part of the Achievement School District, has cut its suspension rate in half this school year.
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
January 10, 2019
Aspire Memphis plans to spin off into its own charter organization, separate from the California group that founded it
The Memphis schools – and their 1,6000 students – would officially transition to a new organization at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year if the plan comes to fruition.
January 9, 2019
One in four students are chronically absent in Tennessee’s state-run district. Here’s what educators are doing about it.
The stakes are high for improving student attendance numbers.
January 3, 2019
District rehired former Memphis principal accused of planning to rig tests — then fired her six months later
Teacher advocates say Greer’s rehiring shows how the district finds ways to hold onto employees who have bad records.
December 21, 2018
From testing to leadership transitions, here are the stories that you read most in 2018
Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018.
December 20, 2018
Mayor Harris hires former superintendent to encourage Shelby County school systems to work together
Cedrick Gray is the former superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi and of Fayette County in Tennessee. He started his career in Memphis as a teacher.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
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