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September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
Updated August 21, 2019
This turnaround model is spreading. Is it a better way to help struggling schools or just a new brand of takeover?
A school turnaround strategy that's shown promise in Springfield, Mass. is spreading to districts across the country with the help of a group called Empower Schools.
Politics & Policy
July 24, 2018
Whitehaven High principal not leaving school improvement program he helped start after all
Vincent Hunter isn't going anywhere.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
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.
June 29, 2018
Whitehaven High principal will no longer lead Memphis school improvement program he started
Vincent Hunter will return to overseeing one school, Whitehaven High School.
May 16, 2018
As Memphis expands its efforts to improve schools, one model is about to double in size
The Empowerment Zone, which will enter its third year in August, is a neighborhood-centric approach to improve schools.
April 24, 2018
Board approves merging two Whitehaven schools into K-8 amidst parent division
Manor Lake Elementary School will close and students will be assigned to Geeter Middle School, which is about a half-mile away.
April 10, 2018
A proposed budget for Memphis schools comes out this week. Here’s what we know so far.
The budget so far doesn’t include any major new initiatives as the district circles its wagons to strengthen strategies already in place.
sorting the students
March 27, 2018
Facing closure, some Memphis parents hope to form K-8 school, but others aren’t sold
Shelby County Schools officials had hoped that a proposal generated by parents would help win support from others since parents rarely support closing a school.
February 21, 2018
In rare move, Memphis community council proposes school closure
The Whitehaven Empowerment Zone leadership council says the district should close Manor Lake Elementary and merge it with Geeter Middle to make a K-8 school.
A new way
May 17, 2017
Tennessee considers a new approach for getting local schools to improve: working with them
The State Department of Education is eyeing Chattanooga for Tennessee's first foray into a “partnership zone” approach.
April 20, 2017
The budget outlook just got better for Shelby County Schools
Revenues for Tennessee's largest school district will be higher than expected, leading to an amended proposed budget with more investments for Memphis schools.
March 29, 2017
How Memphis is taking lessons from its Innovation Zone to other struggling schools
Shelby County Schools is seeking to magnify the success of its iZone by replicating less expensive components of the school turnaround model.
June 30, 2016
Budget is set, finally, for Memphis schools; now the spending begins
On the eve of its new fiscal year, leaders for Shelby County Schools iron out the final details of the district’s $959 million budget.
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