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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.
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