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Hamilton County Schools
September 25, 2018
After three years, the fight to spend more money on Tennessee schools inches toward trial
A Nashville judge turns back the state’s second attempt in three months to derail the lawsuit filed by districts in Memphis and Nashville.
December 7, 2017
Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession
Superintendents from suburban Memphis say their towns' 2014 pullout from Shelby County Schools hasn't hurt the urban district — but it has.
September 11, 2017
Long before tragic bus crash, Chattanooga’s Woodmore Elementary offered school turnaround lessons for America
Almost a year after the crash killed six of its students, Woodmore is among five long-struggling schools now facing state intervention over academics.
June 22, 2017
Signal Mountain leaders look to Shelby County as model for school district secession
A committee from Signal Mountain near Chattanooga is scheduled to visit next week with leaders from the Shelby County towns that pulled out of Shelby County Schools in 2014.
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.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
February 15, 2017
Tennessee required more recess, but teachers now say it’s too much
Lawmakers are hearing that the state's new recess requirements, while well-intentioned, went a little overboard.
school turnaround lessons
February 14, 2017
Too many good teachers are quitting Tennessee’s Achievement School District, researchers say
Researchers examine whether the state-run ASD and local iZones have been able to recruit and retain teachers with top ratings.
School bus safety
November 22, 2016
Fatal Tennessee school bus crash reopens conversation on the cost of seat belts
The legislature has turned back seat belt proposals twice in the last decade because of the price tag of retrofitting school buses.
August 15, 2016
During its year off from school takeovers, Tennessee’s turnaround district eyes Chattanooga
Leaders of the Achievement School District will begin talks with district and community leaders in Hamilton County in the coming months, a spokesman says.
June 15, 2016
Joining two other cities, Nashville raises stakes in Tennessee’s school funding fight
Nashville becomes the third of Tennessee’s four urban school boards to vote in favor of suing the state for more funding.
April 20, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools stand a year before the state’s next priority list
Here's the so-called "cusp" list from the State Department of Education, along with five things to know before viewing it.
Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
Turnover at the top
February 3, 2016
Three of Tennessee’s four largest school districts in the hunt for superintendent
Rick Smith's sudden departure from Hamilton County means three of Tennessee's highest-profile urban districts have a leadership void.
September 21, 2015
Haslam says state is fulfilling legal funding obligation to Shelby County Schools
In his first public comments on the latest school funding lawsuit against the state, Gov. Bill Haslam says he believes the state its fulfilling its legal obligation.
September 2, 2015
Hamilton County argues all Tennessee districts should be part of school funding lawsuit
The boards for seven school systems in southeast Tennessee ask a judge for class-action status in their funding lawsuit against the state.
March 25, 2015
Chronic state underfunding of education spurs lawsuit by seven school districts
Charging that the state has breached its constitutional duty to provide “a system of free public education” for children in Tennessee, seven school districts sue the state over inadequate funding.
August 19, 2014
Where are this year’s priority schools?
To see where priority schools are located in Tennessee and where the lowest-performing schools in Memphis are concentrated, check out our map.
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