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November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
Making the grade
November 14, 2018
Memphis board looks for a better way to grade its top education chief
Consultant: As district strives to meet its goal for 2025 to prepare students for beyond high school, effectively evaluating those at the top will become more critical.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
October 15, 2018
Memphis teacher groups want annual pay raises and more say in how they teach their students
If educators vote to negotiate, it will be the first negotiation for the Memphis school district since 2015, and the first since the city’s teacher group split into two.
October 3, 2018
Memphis schools superintendent backs Republican Bill Lee for governor
Dorsey Hopson’s endorsement is the first for the Memphis education leader, who was also superintendent when Gov. Bill Haslam ran for re-election in 2014.
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September 25, 2018
School turnaround leader promoted to oversee all academics in Memphis schools
After nearly two years without an academic chief, Shelby County Schools has promoted its assistant superintendent of low-performing schools to the position.
September 11, 2018
Missing documents bring early end to investigation into improper grade changes in Memphis schools
The firm hired to investigate grade changing in Memphis schools gave up after determining that the paperwork needed to prove misconduct did not exist in…
September 10, 2018
Rat invasion sends 800 Memphis students to three nearby schools
Ninth and 10th grade students will be split from juniors and seniors. Some special education students will go to another high school.
August 31, 2018
How one Memphis school is grappling to attract high-achieving students while also educating those left behind
Historic East High School is home to a new academy providing technical education with an emphasis on transportation skills.
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.
Leadership & Management
Updated August 23, 2018
How one Memphis school is caught in the crosshairs of state and local improvement efforts
The Tennessee Department of Education is reviewing the district’s plan for American Way, and has not yet decided whether or not it will be subject to a takeover.
Updated August 22, 2018
Haslam will hit the road to troubleshoot Tennessee’s testing problems
The outgoing governor responds to a barrage of criticism of the state’s testing program by announcing a “listening tour” aimed at fixing TNReady.
August 16, 2018
Most schools in Tennessee’s largest district show growth on state test
About half of schools in the Memphis district saw a bump in English scores, earning the district the state's highest rating of growth.
August 15, 2018
At least five educators accused Memphis principal of pressuring to pass students
Teachers reported principal pressure to give seniors last-minute makeup work to ensure they graduate — even if they ignored previous makeup work or missed weeks of school
August 13, 2018
McQueen calls superintendents’ request to pause state testing ‘illegal and inconsistent with our values’
“Pausing a state assessment would be both illegal and inconsistent with our values as a state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to the Nashville and Memphis leaders.
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