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August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
Results are in
August 2, 2018
Caldwell and Kernell out on Memphis school board, other incumbents return
Chris Caldwell and Mike Kernell lost to newcomers Michelle Robinson McKissack and Joyce Dorse-Coleman while Billy Orgel and Shante Avant kept their seats.
July 31, 2018
School board candidates and supporters spend $160,000 in final push to Memphis election
That's more than double the total spent for the four races a month ago.
April 17, 2018
Memphis school board discusses dropping TNReady scores from teacher decisions after testing failures
The angry declarations came after two days of glitches in Tennessee testing including what the state called a “deliberate attack” on its testing vendor’s data center.
April 6, 2018
Here’s who’s running for Memphis school board in August
Fifteen people are vying for four seats on the Memphis school board. The election is Aug. 2.
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 18, 2018
Hopson weighs charters as school turnaround tool for Shelby County Schools
The Memphis superintendent's comments hint at a potentially significant shift for a district that has battled openly with the charter sector over students.
vote of confidence
December 13, 2017
Despite emerging grading scandal, Hopson gets longer contract — and a raise
The board voted to keep Hopson as superintendent until at least 2020, and to increase his annual pay from $269,000 to $285,000.
December 7, 2017
Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession
Superintendents from suburban Memphis say their towns' 2014 pullout from Shelby County Schools hasn't hurt the urban district — but it has.
December 6, 2017
Grade changes pervasive in Memphis high schools, analysis shows
Trezevant High, which prompted the investigation, isn't the high school with the most grade changes in Shelby County Schools, according to the probe.
November 27, 2017
Memphis lawyer may be kept on contract to advise school board
A proposal to extend Herman Morris Jr.’s contract with the Shelby County Schools board for a year is up for discussion Tuesday, with a likely vote next week.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
Not over yet
September 25, 2017
A firm reprimand — but no penalty yet — for two Tennessee districts that defy deadline to share student data
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had promised to issue consequences if the Memphis and Nashville school districts did not meet the Monday deadline.
August 3, 2017
Memphis school board picks a lawyer to help them scrutinize their superintendent’s contract
Herman Morris, who was the city’s top lawyer for six years, will act as interim legal counsel to the board.
elephant in the room
June 8, 2017
Four things to know out of this week’s special school board meeting on Memphis grade tampering
For the first time since a principal's resignation letter rekindled interest in an ongoing review of grading practices, the school board meets to discuss the case publicly.
April 17, 2017
How can Memphis schools reach long-term goals? One month at a time, say leaders
Working with two national groups, the Shelby County Board of Education identifies data-based priorities to monitor the district's long-term goals.
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.
March 10, 2017
For the first time in years, Shelby County Schools will start its budget process without a shortfall
The proposed spending plan for Tennessee's largest school system will be unveiled on Monday.
September 20, 2016
Comptroller report underscores ‘insufficient clarity, transparency’ in Tennessee funding for charter schools
Guidelines are so muddled on how funding should be allocated to charter schools that it’s unclear whether those schools are receiving the correct amount, a report says.
September 12, 2016
Here’s why Memphis’ next round of school closings won’t be just about saving money
Questions remain whether shuttering schools saves money in the long run as leaders of Shelby County Schools shift the focus to academics in determining future closures.
January 18, 2016
Shelby County Schools, private funders eye Crosstown high school for midtown Memphis
Months after a charter network abandoned its plan to open a new school in a prominent midtown Memphis development, the district has another proposal for the space.
July 22, 2015
Kansas law firm exploring potential BEP lawsuit by Shelby County Schools
A law firm that sued the state of Kansas over school funding has been hired by Shelby County Schools to explore whether the district should sue the state of Tennessee.
January 9, 2015
Shelby County teachers push back on new merit pay plan
A new performance-based pay plan concerns teachers who have lots of questions about its long-term implications.
December 1, 2014
District uses federal grant to reward teachers at hard to staff schools
Teachers at 14 Shelby County Schools will receive $2,000 to $3,000 in bonuses for helping students meet or exceed achievement goals on state tests during the 2013-14…
November 18, 2014
Du Bois charter offers $5 million for Lanier, will pay off debt to SCS
Shelby County Schools board members should accept a $5 million offer from W.E.B. Du Bois Consortium to purchase Lanier Middle School, which the charter school is currently leasing, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II will recommend at a work session this evening.
September 19, 2014
Hopson says he is committed to compromise with teachers on evaluation dispute
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II is willing to work with teachers about their concerns in the revised classroom observation model. Teachers want an appeals process and changes to the requirements to receive the highest score.
Shelby County Schools
September 11, 2014
After shuffling, SCS administrators reduce teacher layoffs by 178
Shelby County Schools is now cutting 42 teaching positions, not the initial 220 that it estimated earlier this week, administrators said in a board meeting…
September 10, 2014
Because of missed enrollment projections, more than 220 teachers could be laid off
Shelby County Schools overestimated its student enrollment by 4,000 students, which means 220 fewer positions will be available. The district said the goal is to keep the cuts away from classroom teachers, but as many as 100 could be placed on the rehiring list for principals to interview during a hiring fair next week.
August 27, 2014
Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work
On Wednesday, the district's communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences.
August 18, 2014
Shelby County likely to stick with TCAP practice tests, even as Nashville drops them
Shelby County Schools wants to extend its contract with Discovery Education Assessments, a company that aims to predict student performance on state tests, even after the state’s second-largest school district recently dumped the program.
August 6, 2014
As race comes to end, school board candidates wrap up fundraising, spending
In the final month of their campaigns, Shelby County School board candidates spent thousands of dollars on signs, mailings and consultants and continued to draw…
August 1, 2014
Be warm, firm and clear: Teachers get 101 on classroom discipline
As a classroom teacher for 15 years, Michael Loden has asked his students to live by one simple rule – “don’t be an idiot.” “It’s…
July 18, 2014
Shelby County Election Commission falls behind as voting starts
The commission has not uploaded more than 100 financial forms from Shelby County political candidates
July 18, 2014
Candidate Garner-Williams get union support, Avant gets business support
School board candidate Shante Avant has raised more than $19,000. Candidate Freda Garner-Williams gave herself a $1,000 loan while also being backed by a local union.
July 18, 2014
Cohort of business leaders fuel two school board candidates’ campaigns
Of the $23,950 Caldwell raised and the $23,000 Austin raised, the same 18 donors contributed more than $19,000 to each candidate.
Shelby County Schools
July 14, 2014
School board candidates pitch more funding, nap time to fix district
From providing more parental resources to holding budget meetings with the county commission, nine of the 14 Shelby County Schools board candidates shared how they would prioritize the district’s needs during a forum Monday night at First Baptist Church in the Binghampton neighborhood.
July 14, 2014
School board candidate Roshun Austin outraises, outspends her opponents
Roshun Austin has raised $23,000, nearly 10 times as much money as any other candidate in the upcoming Shelby County Schools board race, according to…
June 26, 2014
Stand for Children endorses 8 school board candidates
Stand for Children has endorsed a slate of Shelby County school board candidates, six weeks before the Aug. 7 election, as part of its…
February 4, 2014
Shelby County board members address personal attacks, charges of racism at school closings meeting
Shelby County school board members and superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson II directly addressed community members' continued accusations that the planned closings of as many as 13 schools are racially motivated at an emotionally charged meeting at Westhaven Elementary School in Whitehaven Tuesday.
January 22, 2014
With lawsuit settlement, Shelby County School officials shift focus toward academic improvements
With the municipality split and a subsequent lawsuit mostly settled, members of the Shelby County School Board and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson are shifting…
December 3, 2013
Missing items in Shelby County stem from outdated, unchecked procedures, superintendent says
Shelby County school officials said Tuesday that outdated and unchecked procedures led to thousands of items going missing, including cars, laptops and air conditioners. Those…
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