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Ready or not
September 18, 2019
A Newark student dreams of completing college. But first he must survive summer ‘boot camp.’
Yamin Reddick is determined to earn a college degree. But first, he must survive a summer "boot camp" designed to prepare disadvantaged high schoolers for college.
June 13, 2019
Memphis reels after Central High graduate Brandon Webber, a former student leader, was killed in altercation with law enforcement
Memphis school leaders said they would provide grief counselors to students after U.S. Marshals shot and killed a 2017 graduate of Central High School.
the great divide
August 14, 2018
These five charts illustrate the huge divide between Newark’s magnet and traditional high schools
The city's traditional high schools serve needier students and achieve worse outcomes than its selective magnet schools.
October 6, 2017
DACA is still an issue. Here are three questions students are asking in Memphis.
Students at Central High School talk about the wind-down of protections for undocumented immigrants — and what it means for America.
October 2, 2017
This beloved Detroit music teacher vowed to stay at his Detroit school — but the cost was just too high
Quincy Stewart, who was featured in a June Chalkbeat story, faced a $30,000 pay cut if he stayed at Central High School.
Back to class
September 5, 2017
On Detroit’s first day of class, unusual staffing problems hobble some schools and draw parent protests
On the first day of school, Detroit’s main district was dealing complications related to its merger with a defunct state-run recovery district and was scrambling to fill 250 teaching jobs.
Week In Review
June 23, 2017
Week in review: A summer reunion, budget news and musical history
As the schools in the state-run Education Achievement Authority prepare to return next week to the main Detroit school district, we took a look this week at an EAA teacher who uses music to expose his students to African-American history, playing the music of Africa, of slavery, and of the Black Power and Civil Rights movements.
Music and power
June 22, 2017
This Detroit teacher uses music to expose students to history, politics and power. ‘They walk in here and they don’t even know who they are.’
At a time when districts are cutting arts instruction in favor of math and reading, Stewart’s approach to teaching music demonstrates that it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
August 31, 2016
Teacher Town leader: Why it takes more than a good education to pull kids out of poverty
Tosha Downey recently was featured in TEDxMemphis, an independently organized event to highlight and share ideas from Memphis movers and shakers.
drive to lead
August 11, 2016
How do you create a student leader? Memphis youth learn and weigh in
After a day-long training session, 22 Memphis high school seniors will facilitate student leadership groups in their schools.
Shelby County Schools
April 25, 2014
Pulitzer prize-winning author discusses race, history with Central High students
Several classes of Central High School students discussed race and history with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon during his visit to the school’s campus on…
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