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July 19, 2018
As fate of ‘Newark Enrolls’ is debated, top enrollment officials resign
Gabrielle Ramos-Solomon and Kate Fletcher, who oversaw the district's enrollment system, both resigned shortly after the superintendent tried to oust them.
July 18, 2018
The tension between Chicago enrollment declines and new schools
Chicago plans on opening a handful of schools in the next several years. But for whom?…
June 29, 2018
Denver’s new plan gives its neediest students a shot at coveted schools, but waitlists could grow
“This is a real big step forward in enrollment equity,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.
June 18, 2018
Should ‘Newark Enrolls’ be scrapped? A guide to the debate over Newark’s controversial enrollment system
The system lets families apply to multiple schools in one place. But some say it was designed to funnel students into charter schools.
May 3, 2018
The number of Denver high school graduates enrolling in college is rising
“Students’ passion, dedication, and tenacity is inspiring."
April 4, 2018
The Detroit district tries inviting families to enroll during spring break. Parents are trickling in.
The low turnout reflects the challenges Detroit schools — the district and charters — face as they try to convince parents to think about enrollment earlier in the year.
April 2, 2018
It’s official: Detroit’s enrollment grew for the first time in over a decade, even after adding the state-run district
What Detroit district leaders have been saying for months is true: After many years of losing students, enrollment in the Detroit district grew this year…
March 19, 2018
More students applied to Renewal high schools this year, but that won’t necessarily jolt sagging enrollment
Overall, 3,305 students received an offer to attend a Renewal high school this year — up just 26 students from the previous year.
back to court
March 16, 2018
Nashville appeals judge’s order to share student information with state charters
The appeal means Metro Nashville Public Schools won't comply with an earlier order to share the information with charter operators requesting it.
Summer learning academy
February 28, 2018
Better reading and math scores mean more Memphis students can attend this summer program
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's Summer Learning Academy will be open to 10,000 students in almost 50 sites across the city.
February 6, 2018
More Denver schools to give preference to students from low-income families
The pilot program is an effort to better integrate the city’s schools at a time when gentrification is deepening economic divides.
February 1, 2018
Rocketship becomes latest charter network to pull the plug on Tennessee’s Achievement School District
The California-based organization announces plans to close Partners Community Prep in Nashville, just months after the school opened.
Achievement School District
January 17, 2018
Here’s why another state-run charter school is closing in Memphis
The impending closure of GRAD Academy is another blow to the Achievement School District, in which the South Memphis school was its highest-performing high school.
January 5, 2018
‘It is kind of crushing:’ Southwest Denver projected to lose nearly 2,000 students
Such dramatic decreases can have grave effects on schools.
By the numbers
December 7, 2017
Enrollment in Denver Public Schools projected to drop — and other takeaways from new regional analysis
The main reasons, the analysis concludes, are lower post-recession birth rates and rapidly rising housing prices.
November 1, 2017
Enrollment rises in Shelby County Schools for first time since suburban split
The gain was modest but serendipitous for a district that was bracing for another small decline.
October 10, 2017
Aurora school enrollment continues sharp decline, but budget woes not expected
This year Aurora Public Schools has enrolled 867 students less than last year — almost twice the number of students lost between 2015 and 2016.
scrambling for students
September 15, 2017
Lagging enrollment fuels Tennessee charter schools’ push for student contact data
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that 22 schools in the state’s 32-school Achievement School District have lost enrollment from last year.
September 6, 2017
Getting immigrant students to show up at Memphis schools was already hard. Ending DACA makes it harder.
Even before President Trump announced plans to end protections for young undocumented immigrants, fear of deportation has been a problem within Memphis schools.
August 28, 2017
In Memphis, two competing school districts came together to learn how to play nice. It didn’t work.
A philanthropically funded effort to forge a peace treaty halted in May when the two sides weren't able to agree to terms, according to emails obtained by Chalkbeat.
August 21, 2017
McQueen tells Hopson to share Memphis student information with charter operator
Tennessee’s ed chief sides with a charter operator in the ongoing tug-of-war between Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District over student information.
August 8, 2017
As opening bell rings, thousands of Memphis students are yet to register
About 71,000 students are enrolled in Shelby County Schools, far short of the 90,000-plus students anticipated.
July 27, 2017
Less than two weeks before school starts, only half of Memphis students registered
The pace is better than this time last year, but still lags as Shelby County Schools tries to anticipate staffing needs without solid numbers to work with.
ASD REAL ESTATE
May 1, 2017
Tennessee’s turnaround district is about to return a school to its local district — but it’s just a building
Shelby County Schools will be figuring out what to do with a mostly empty building, not a revitalized school, when Klondike Elementary returns to its fold this summer.
Achievement School District
February 28, 2017
The enrollment problems that plagued ASD schools in turmoil? They’re not unique.
A Chalkbeat analysis finds that half of the state-run district's 33 schools have faced deep enrollment challenges.
February 14, 2017
Hopson now wants to invest in struggling Memphis schools instead of just closing them
The superintendent identifies 11 schools that will get their own “treatment plans” under a new model for addressing academics, building needs and enrollment.
February 13, 2017
It’s official. Achievement School District will close a second school in Memphis
Tennessee's school turnaround district won't seek a successor to operate KIPP Memphis University Middle School, an ASD official confirms.
February 1, 2017
Hopson just backed away from closing one failing Memphis school. Here are three things to know.
The closure of Dunbar was supposed be part of a larger plan to right-size the district, but things changed. Here's why that's important.
All shook up
January 30, 2017
Elvis’ high school is now an under-enrolled charter school. And state officials will soon decide its fate.
This week, leaders of Tennessee’s Achievement School District are expected to announce whether the 91-year-old Memphis school will remain open.
January 17, 2017
One campus, two districts: Memphis Raleigh-Egypt navigates enrollment standoff
To retain students from a state takeover, Shelby County Schools added middle school grades to the high school beside its former middle school. Here's how it's going.
Wanting the ball
January 11, 2017
Why one Memphis charter operator thinks it can save an ASD school from closing
Founder Bobby White believes Frayser Community Schools has what it takes to save Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School.
December 1, 2016
How the face of Denver Public Schools is changing, explained in five charts
The percentages of Latino and low-income students are decreasing, while the percentage of white students is on the rise.
November 16, 2016
Close, build, consolidate. Hopson’s massive overhaul would impact 13 Memphis schools.
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson presents his recommendations to begin “right-sizing” the bloated school district, impacting up to 4,600 students.
November 10, 2016
Tennessee’s largest school district has good news and bad news on enrollment
Enrollment numbers are down, but not as much as district leaders expected.
November 2, 2016
Low enrollment a telltale for closing Memphis schools. Here’s what the numbers show.
The average Memphis school shuttered in recent years was using 44 percent of building capacity, compared with 91 percent across the district.
October 25, 2016
With charter operator’s exit, Achievement School District mulls future for Memphis schools left behind
State leaders give parents and teachers notice that their schools are in limbo with the exit next spring of Gestalt Community Schools.
October 7, 2016
Memphis charter network Gestalt to pull out of two state-run schools
Gestalt Community Schools plans to withdraw as the operator of two North Memphis schools due to declining enrollment.
By the numbers
September 6, 2016
Twenty days in, enrollment slightly above projections for Shelby County Schools
The 20th day of school is a significant mark used by the district to add, remove or relocate staff based on enrollment.
Why it matters
August 10, 2016
Memphis schools don’t have 27,000 empty seats as Hopson cites — but they could in five years
The number of empty seats in Shelby County Schools will serve as a baseline for conversations this fall about future school closures.
August 5, 2016
Hopson: Registration numbers ‘somewhat disappointing’ as Memphis schools approach Day One
Tennessee's largest district is still waiting on a quarter of students to enroll and is working to fill more than 100 vacant staff positions.
July 21, 2016
‘We just want our kids back’: Charter leaders respond to student retention tactics used by Shelby County Schools
Memphis parents are navigating conflicting reports about schools that formerly were with the local district and now are charters under the state's purview.
July 21, 2016
Student registration lags in Memphis as new school year looms
With less than three weeks until the new school year begins at Shelby County Schools, more than half of this year’s expected students are still not registered.
June 30, 2016
Report: Why the work is hard for Tennessee’s turnaround district and its charter schools
A new report outlines reasons why charter schools operating through Tennessee’s Achievement School District have struggled to achieve the initiative's lofty goals.
June 23, 2016
Shelby County Schools asks parents to register early online, but most wait
During the second year of Shelby County Schools' move to all-online registration for students, the district is asking parents to sign their kids up for classes earlier than ever.
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
Upper West Side superintendent floats integration plan to reduce the class divide among middle schools
The idea for is for every middle school to enroll at least 30 percent low-income students, in a district where some enroll 10 percent and others nearly 100 percent.
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
May 25, 2016
Despite major city investment, struggling ‘Renewal’ schools shed another 6,300 students
The low-performing schools serve about 6,270 fewer students now than in 2014, as many families continue to shun them despite the city's expensive intervention.
May 11, 2016
Some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after middle schools will no longer see how applicants rank them
District 15 in Brooklyn is moving to a "blind ranking" system, where middle schools will not see where families listed them on their applications.
April 12, 2016
Parents: Cutting CLUE program in early grades would push families out of Memphis schools
Parents charge that one of the proposed budget cuts for next school year would drain even more students from Shelby County Schools.
April 5, 2016
Budget cuts loom for Shelby County Schools, again — here’s what we know
As Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepares to unveil his proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district, here are five things to know.
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