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Aspire Public Schools
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.
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.
big decision ahead
November 5, 2018
Aspire Memphis’s future in question as board weighs paths forward
During an emotional conversation, local staff pushed back on the idea that the Memphis operation disaffiliate or spin-off from the national Aspire network.
Movers & shakers
June 20, 2018
Memphis native named superintendent of Aspire network’s local schools
Nickalous Manning, who holds a doctorate in education, is a graduate of Memphis’ Melrose High School, which sits less than two miles from two of Aspire’s schools. Before
April 4, 2018
See who wants to open a charter school in Memphis in 2019
Ten charter organizations applied to Shelby County Schools ahead of the April 2 deadline to open 18 schools in 2019.
October 11, 2017
KIPP launches collaborative with Memphis charters to improve literacy results
Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have adopted the KIPP Wheatley curriculum.
Black girls and trauma
March 2, 2017
Here’s how one Memphis school is changing the way it disciplines girls of color
Aspire Coleman responds to research pointing to trauma as a root of disciplinary problems that lead to higher rates of suspension among black girls.
July 13, 2016
Memphis charter schools: Here are the new kids on the block
After closing five charter schools in Memphis this year, Shelby County Schools will open five more this fall.
December 11, 2015
Four more Memphis schools will join state school turnaround district
Tennessee's Achievement School District announces that it will take control of four more low-performing Memphis schools, increasing its portfolio to 33 schools statewide.
December 9, 2015
Five Memphis schools learn their fate on Friday — here’s what you should know
Five low-scoring schools will find out their futures, potentially affecting more than 2,700 students and their families, as well as about 180 teachers and staff members.
November 19, 2015
If a school is broken but appears to be on the mend, should the state intervene?
At Sheffield Elementary School in Memphis, parents and students tell the state that their struggling school is making enough strides without intervention.
October 26, 2015
Three charter networks apply to operate five Memphis schools
Three charter networks have applied to expand next year in Memphis as part of the state's takeover and charter conversion of five low-performing schools.
September 23, 2015
New Aspire CEO tours Memphis schools, wants to expand frontier
California-based Aspire Public Schools brings 30 principals from the West Coast for training in Memphis, where leaders are exploring expanding its charter network.
Interesting Memphis news
December 13, 2013
State-run district says final list of schools reflects community input, needs
The Achievement School District (ASD) announced Thursday a final list of six failing schools that will become part of the state-run district next year and the charter operators who will be tasked with boosting their test scores.
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