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June 3, 2014
Shelby County Commission approves second reading for school board pay raise
On Monday, the Shelby County Commission approved a pay increase for school board members that’s higher than the current pay, but not quite the $25,000…
May 7, 2014
County commission approves $47 million in capital requests for Shelby County Schools
Shelby County Schools will have a little more than $47 million in capital funding to make building improvements for the next school year, but superintendent Dorsey Hopson II said that amount only begins to address the district's facilities needs.
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April 29, 2014
Shelby County Schools approves new evaluation tool for Hopson
The Shelby County School Board approved a new annual job evaluation for Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II during its business meeting Tuesday night. The new evaluation…
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April 23, 2014
Shelby County Schools board cuts $240 million in spending
The Shelby County Schools board unanimously passed a budget Tuesday night that slashed more than $240 million in spending and 4,563 positions from the district.
March 14, 2014
Judge’s ruling confirms new school district lines, but the real changes are just beginning
A court ruling dismissing a long-standing lawsuit against the creation of six new school districts in Memphis suburbs means school confirms the new district boundaries in Shelby County schools. But the new arrangement’s long-term implications for residential patterns, school enrollment, and school quality in Shelby County remains to be seen.
February 20, 2014
Superintendent foreshadows changes to school closings plan as board members call for academic accountability
The district's final plan for the closures is likely to look notably different than it did when it were first presented in December. While Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson didn't make any final announcements about which Memphis schools will close next year at a board work session tonight, he left some school communities - including Westhaven - hope that their schools might remain open.
December 17, 2013
Commissioners debate raises for school board members
For the first time in 25 years, the Shelby County School board could get a $20,000 raise, a recommendation that came out of the Shelby County Commission's education committee last week.
November 27, 2013
Teach For America contract in Memphis area approved, despite concerns
Shelby County's merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night's board meeting, despite concerns about the program's recruitment fee.
November 20, 2013
Shelby County board members debate role of Teach For America in Memphis schools
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Shelby County board members and superintendent Dorsey Hopson debated the role of Teach For America in Memphis schools. The…
November 19, 2013
Shelby County board approves building transfers, settlement with two suburban districts
Shelby County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer five school buildings to two of the six suburban cities that plan to break away from…
October 28, 2013
Shelby board approves plan to keep students after municipalities break off
Shelby County's school board proceeded with a controversial plan Monday to keep more than a thousand students and four schools from being absorbed by six municipal districts set to open next school year. The board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that would allow the superintendent to lease several buildings to the municipalities. The resolution also allows the administration to begin planning to serve more than 1,000 students who live in Memphis but attend schools in the municipalities. Board members devised the plan to cushion the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. By holding on to the students, Shelby would also hold on to the per-pupil funding that follows them. Board member David Pickler voted against the resolution and board member David Reaves abstained from the vote. Pickler, Reaves, and dozens of Germantown residents in attendance Monday argued that the public didn't have enough time to vet the resolution and express their opinion before the board voted.
October 23, 2013
Shelby County superintendent proposes to take back schools, students
Shelby County school administrators proposed Tuesday to keep four schools and thousands of students from being absorbed by six municipalities that want to break away from the district. The proposal would keep millions of tax dollars that follow students in county coffers, cushioning the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. They would lose another $22 million if the county keeps intact the school zoning map that determines where students go to school, officials said last night. Shelby superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the plan would be the least disruptive to the more than 150,000 students who attend public schools in Shelby County. "Continuity for the students was a big driver here," Hopson told board members.
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