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July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
December 14, 2018
Even as suspensions fall, Memphis students are being kicked out of school longer, data shows
In one extreme example, a single high school issued one expulsion for every six students.
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.
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 28, 2017
Memphis billboards urge city to start funding schools again
Advocates say education funding should be part of Mayor Jim Strickland's "brilliant at the basics" priorities.
April 17, 2017
New coalition asks Memphis mayor to pump $10 million into education
The city needs to get back in the business of funding public education, says a diverse group of stakeholders in an April 13 letter to Mayor Jim Strickland.
June 1, 2016
Memphis school budget unsettled as Shelby County Commission delays vote
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's administration tells commissioners it's sticking to a $8.7 million boost to schools, far below Shelby County Schools' request.
Politics & Policy
July 16, 2014
Board debates whether money or academics should determine charter school expansion
Shelby County Schools board granted a lease to a new charter consortium with no academic record because it was willing to pay more money than a charter school with five years of proven academic results. The decision brought into sharp relief the need for a coherent district policy toward charter schools, according to board members and the superintendent.
June 18, 2014
Pre-K advocates pursue small strategies toward big goal
A coalition of pre-K advocates are moving forward with a collection of small strategies that they hope will, collectively, result in every child being prepared to start kindergarten.Although they’ve stopped short of calling it a full-on strategy, they are now pursuing several possible ways forward, including identify new funding, raising standards for daycare centers, and even returning to voters to ask for more funding.
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