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November 21, 2018
Hopson was the ‘right leader for a fragile time,’ Memphians say. The city reflects on his five years at the helm of local schools
Dorsey Hopson is leaving the district better than he found it, he told reporters in a crowded conference room on Tuesday as he announced his resignation.
Updated July 23, 2018
Here are seven takeaways from Chalkbeat’s forum for Shelby County Schools board candidates
With a high-stakes election just two weeks away, Chalkbeat Tennessee hosted its first-ever school board candidate forum on Thursday. Fifteen…
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Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
January 10, 2018
Students walk out of Memphis high school to protest principal’s suspension amid grade-tampering probe
Almost 200 students walk out of class at Hamilton High School and ask for answers to questions about their school's leadership.
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
October 12, 2017
New program aims to make advocates out of Memphis high schoolers
Ten schools in Shelby County are participating in the program, which tries to get students involved in education policy issues.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
April 10, 2017
As school voucher vote approaches in Nashville, most Memphis advocacy groups don’t want program piloted in their city
Here's where grassroots organizations in Memphis stand on a voucher bill that would impact their community.
March 7, 2017
Tennessee’s voucher proposals target schools already struggling with low enrollment
Public schools in Memphis stand to experience most of the fallout if state lawmakers decide to approve voucher legislation this year.
October 14, 2016
NAACP call for charter pause puts Memphis in crosshairs of charter debate
Home to a large NAACP chapter and a growing charter sector, Memphis is at an interesting juncture as the national board looks to etch its stance against charter growth.
October 11, 2016
Memphis education advocate named finalist in Forbes competition for leaders under 30
Mendell Grinter, who leads the Campaign for School Equity, competes next week in a $1 million Forbes competition open to social entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
September 15, 2016
Pro-voucher group gets a new name and parent organization
StudentsFirst Tennessee is now TennesseeCAN: Tennessee Campaign for Action Now.
August 1, 2016
Here are three state House races in Memphis where education groups are spending money
At least six candidates running in contested races for the Tennessee House of Representatives are attracting money from groups and individuals with education policy goals.
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