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June 20, 2019
Memphis district drops plan to staff school with teacher trainees amid community backlash
Winchester Elementary School will instead enter the Memphis district’s Innovation Zone, a seven-year-old turnaround program that is seen as widely successful.
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
March 7, 2019
Court sides with Aurora district in challenge to school innovation plans
Aurora union leaders said they are still exploring their legal options.
January 15, 2019
Memphis plan would expand turnaround program, screen all first-graders for gifted education
The recommendations are the first from the district’s new chief academic officer, Antonio Burt, who was appointed in September.
January 9, 2019
Memphis principal demoted over grade changes will not be reinstated
The dispute between the district and Smith boils down to how principals show evidence of changes to student grades.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
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December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
October 19, 2018
Two more Denver schools win additional freedom from district rules
The schools will create a new “innovation zone,” bringing the district’s number of quasi-autonomous zones to three.
who is in charge
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.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
Student & School Performance
August 20, 2018
Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level
Only three schools in the iZone have more than 20 percent of students reading on grade level.
August 13, 2018
Coaching will be key as Griffin adds two from Memphis iZone to state district team
Here are the members of Sharon Griffin's new leadership team for the Achievement School District.
July 31, 2018
Leaders of Tennessee’s state-run district call test scores ‘sobering,’ ask educators for new energy
“High school principals, you have the hardest job," Sharon Griffin said. "This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to tackle the issues. But a double-digit gain this year is what we need to be on track again.”
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.
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