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Green Dot Public Schools
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.
September 4, 2018
Four of five charter schools denied by Memphis board appeal to the state
Four charter schools whose applications were rejected by Shelby County Schools are taking their cases to the state. The appeals are the most since 2015,…
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.
June 14, 2018
All Memphis charter school applicants sent back to drawing board if they want to open in 2019
If the school board agrees, applicants have 30 days to revise and resubmit. The board will vote on the amended applications August 21.
April 4, 2018
See who wants to open a charter school in Memphis in 2019
Ten charter organizations applied to Shelby County Schools ahead of the April 2 deadline to open 18 schools in 2019.
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
October 25, 2017
Thousands of Memphis families opt out of sharing contact info with charter schools
Now board members are left with a choice: hand over the rest of the names, or face a lawsuit from the state.
battle for students
September 29, 2017
Memphis district robo call tells parents to opt out of data sharing: “We do not want to lose any students to charter schools”
As Memphis parents decide whether to share their children’s information with charters, Shelby County Schools is ramping up its efforts to get them to say no.
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 14, 2017
Tennessee’s attorney general sides with charter schools in battle over student information
Citing the new legal opinion, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen orders district leaders in Memphis and Nashville to comply.
August 24, 2017
What Memphis parents should know about how schools share student information
The latest dispute between Shelby County Schools and the state spotlights what student information is publicly available.
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 15, 2017
Tennessee cuts ribbon on its first charter school under State Board of Education
The opening of Green Dot's Bluff City High School marks a major shift in how the charter sector can grow in the state.
August 7, 2017
Memphis students are back in school. Here are seven things to know about the upcoming year.
Many changes are at play across Shelby County Schools, Tennessee’s largest district.
November 14, 2016
State Board to authorize its first Memphis school after overruling local district
Bypassing Shelby County Schools, Green Dot Public Schools will move ahead to open a high school in Hickory Hill next fall under the State Board of Education.
October 14, 2016
Overruling Shelby County Schools, State Board approves new Memphis charter school
Local district leaders in Memphis quickly denounced the decision and stuck by their school board’s unanimous vote in August to deny Green Dot’s application.
October 12, 2016
Heyburn recommends reversing Memphis school board on Green Dot’s charter denial
Sara Heyburn also recommends denying appeals by two other California-based operators seeking to open charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
September 27, 2016
Charter operators make last effort to open new Memphis schools with state appeal
Green Dot Public Schools and Pathways in Education appear before the Tennessee State Board of Education to appeal decisions by the local district.
September 6, 2016
State to hear appeals from two national charter networks rejected by Memphis board today
Green Dot Public Schools and Pathways in Education cite national performance records in their appeals to the State Board of Education.
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 23, 2016
Now a charter school, Hillcrest High plans to give historic statue a voice after decades of silence
Green Dot Public Schools has invested $600,000 in improvements to the 54-year-old building as the Memphis school reopens under the state-run Achievement School District.
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.
Back to school
August 8, 2016
Here are seven things to know about Memphis schools as a new school year kicks off
Tennessee's largest school district is down in enrollment, up in recognition, and likely to have another year of school closures dominating headlines.
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.
June 13, 2016
Thirteen applicants vie to open charter schools with Shelby County Schools
Thirteen charter schools have applied to open in Memphis in 2017 under Shelby County Schools.
December 11, 2015
Four more Memphis schools will join state school turnaround district
Tennessee's Achievement School District announces that it will take control of four more low-performing Memphis schools, increasing its portfolio to 33 schools statewide.
December 9, 2015
Five Memphis schools learn their fate on Friday — here’s what you should know
Five low-scoring schools will find out their futures, potentially affecting more than 2,700 students and their families, as well as about 180 teachers and staff members.
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