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the education of XQ
June 27, 2019
Laurene Powell Jobs has given millions to reinvent the American high school. Is it working?
XQ, one of the best-funded school reform initiatives, has struggled to translate its spending and unconventional strategy into widespread attention to its cause.
Race and class
August 10, 2018
Designing diversity: How one Memphis charter school set out to recruit its students
The result was 150 students that more closely mirror the demographics of the county than any other school in the district.
July 11, 2018
Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this school year
All of the schools opening are charter schools, as are most of the closures.
April 30, 2018
President of Christian Brothers University talks future of Memphis charters, DACA, and his role in it all
Christian Brothers University President John Smarrelli sees his new work in the K-12 charter sector as explicitly connected to his role as a university leader.
August 16, 2017
Crosstown High wins $2.5 million to help reinvent high school in Memphis
A charter school opening next year in midtown Memphis is getting the five-year grant through the XQ Super School Challenge, a national contest.
September 14, 2016
Memphis high school doesn’t win $10 million XQ prize, but backers still want to ‘rethink high school’
Leaders behind Crosstown High School said their efforts to win the national XQ Super School Challenge were not in vain.
behind the scenes
August 25, 2016
Here are the movers behind Memphis’ newly approved Crosstown High School
Billed as a new kind of public high school, the planned midtown school is the vision of a grassroots nonprofit organization led by a board of directors.
August 24, 2016
Crosstown High set to open as a Memphis charter school, unless it doesn’t
With a charter in their hip pocket, backers are assured of a path toward creating a new kind of high school in Memphis. But they'd prefer a contract to a charter.
August 23, 2016
Crosstown High among five more charters approved for Memphis, while Green Dot among rejected charters planning appeals
A school board vote to grow Shelby County Schools' charter sector in 2017 also sets the stage for a battle as several other operators vow to appeal their denials.
August 22, 2016
More charter schools likely coming to Memphis
If Shelby County's school board concurs with recommendations, Tennessee’s largest district will expand to 52 charter schools in 2017 — about a fourth of its schools.
August 4, 2016
What California’s High Tech High can teach Tennessee about making high school more relevant
Samara Francisco traveled to California to learn about “project-based learning.” Now she’s trying to bring it back to her hometown.
“rethink” high school
July 21, 2016
Memphis Crosstown High a finalist for $10 million prize
Supporters of a future high school in Midtown Memphis are among 50 finalists for one of at least five $10 million prizes from a national contest.
July 14, 2016
What if high school were different? Memphis stakeholders key in on ‘project-based learning’
A documentary on a California high school offers a sneak peek into what the proposed Crosstown High School could look like.
July 12, 2016
As Crosstown High seeks to open a year from now in Memphis, here are questions that still loom
The future of the proposed Memphis high school is murky as stakeholders struggle with conflicting visions and priorities.
June 21, 2016
Two Memphis charter schools get the green light to open — and 8 are turned away for now
Board members will announce that Memphis Business Academy, Inc. can open two schools in 2017. The rejected-for-now applications include one from Crosstown High School.
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