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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.
August 6, 2018
After 18 months, Shelby County Schools is still without a leader to drive academic improvement
The search is ongoing, says Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
July 17, 2017
Former Memphis principal will lead iZone, turnaround work for Shelby County Schools
Antonio Burt returns to Memphis as assistant superintendent of priority schools and iZone schools.
February 21, 2017
Ramirez resigns as academics chief for Shelby County Schools
In a letter emailed to her colleagues, Heidi Ramirez says she is leaving her job “to be closer to loved ones and take on new challenges.”
movin' on up
January 4, 2017
Turnaround leader Sharon Griffin promoted to chief of schools in Memphis
In her new role, Griffin joins the superintendent's cabinet as part of a reshuffling of the academic office for Shelby County Schools.
October 25, 2016
Why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez says the way to change discipline practices in Memphis is to change teachers' and administrators' relationships with students.
October 25, 2016
Tennessee students more likely to be suspended if they’re black boys — or live in Memphis
The latest data shows half of suspensions in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.
At a crossroads
October 18, 2016
Idea to turn East High into all-optional “T-STEM” school met with community resistance
Memphis school leaders cast their vision of what a revitalized East High could look like during a community meeting at the historic Midtown school.
August 25, 2016
Memphis high schools change schedules to make catch-up classes the norm
Shelby County Schools is using a new remediation approach that doesn't involve adding time onto the school day.
June 30, 2016
Here are the players helping to draft Tennessee’s transition plan to the new federal education law
An array of educators, researchers and advocates will help the State Department of Education plan for a new era in education dictated by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
October 29, 2015
As Shelby County Schools seeks to expand ‘credit recovery,’ board reluctantly approves Pearson contract
The company will get $225,000 next year to help 15,000 students make up failed classes under a credit recovery policy that the district is asking the board to revise.
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