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September 18, 2018
What seven school board members in West Tennessee want in their next governor
Seven weeks before election day, school board members say funding and getting online testing right are among their top concerns.
March 22, 2018
‘We’re not kidding about this,’ says one teen leader of Memphis march on gun violence
Simran Bains is one of more than a dozen teenagers from across Greater Memphis who have come together to help plan this Saturday’s March for our Lives.
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.
in the burbs
August 30, 2017
Germantown tops Tennessee in high school test scores, other suburban Memphis districts see gains
School systems in Arlington, Collierville and Germantown are among 10 statewide to reduce the percent of students performing below grade level in every subject.
June 29, 2017
Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here’s why.
A quirk in rules for allocating federal funds for poor students will give most municipal districts a big budget boost. Meanwhile, Shelby County Schools will receive less.
June 22, 2017
Signal Mountain leaders look to Shelby County as model for school district secession
A committee from Signal Mountain near Chattanooga is scheduled to visit next week with leaders from the Shelby County towns that pulled out of Shelby County Schools in 2014.
January 13, 2017
Sponsor of Tennessee’s A-F school grading law wants launch postponed
Rep. Glen Casada says the state should hold off because schools are still transitioning to a new Tennessee test.
Teaching & Classroom
January 28, 2015
From Shanghai to Collierville, collaboration model boosts teacher performance
Teaching shouldn't be done in isolation, and no one knows this better than educators in China. Now a teacher peer observation program from Shanghai is being piloted in Collierville.
July 31, 2014
With its own school system, leader says Germantown will distinguish itself
After starting his career teaching Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews, Jason Manuel has risen to become Germantown Municipal School’s first superintendent. In this interview he explains why Germantown thinks of itself as exceptional and sometimes appears to be less cooperative than other districts.
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July 30, 2014
Shelby County Schools makes academic gains, pushes faster growth
The Tennessee Department of Education released state test scores on Wednesday. The state used combined test information from legacy Memphis City and legacy Shelby County to establish the goals that the merged district needed to meet this year.
July 28, 2014
Shelby County Schools’ pathway to pre-K funds runs through foundation with suburban roots
Shelby County commissioners who voted last week to spend $3 million on expanding prekindergarten access are finding that they don’t control where the money will go. That’s because the commission earmarked the funds not directly to Shelby County Schools, but to a small foundation that has strong ties to the suburban districts that have left SCS and whose plans for the funds are unclear.
June 30, 2014
Municipal districts say the first measure of their success will be their buses
The performance of school buses in the first days and weeks of the school year will be one of the most visible and important tests of the new municipal school districts, according to public statements by board members and interviews with their superintendents. But the districts face some unprecedented challenges that leaves uncertainty as to whether the disruptions this year will be as ordinary as they are hoping, or extraordinary, as happened last year.
June 27, 2014
Collierville’s leader breaks down the municipality split
John Aitken served as superintendent of Shelby County Schools from 2009 to 2013 amid one of its most tumultuous changes in recent memory, including the changes wrought by Race to the Top, a new teacher evaluation system and the merger with Memphis City Schools. Now as the superintendent of Collierville Schools he hopes that, after a busy start, his job will settle down and he can spend more time building relationships.
May 15, 2014
Plans for municipal districts move forward with Shelby County’s cooperation
As the school year winds to a close, Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders in the Memphis area are preparing for a county with seven…
March 13, 2014
One county, seven districts: Vying for teachers as Shelby County Schools demerges
The battle to retain and recruit the best teachers in Shelby County is firing up this spring as seven districts prepare for the municipality split.
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