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October 3, 2019
Memphis re-elects Jim Strickland as mayor. Here’s what he says about K-12 education.
Strickland won about 63% of votes Thursday over challengers Willie Herenton, a former city mayor and superintendent, and Tami Sawyer, a county commissioner and Teach for
September 24, 2019
Memphis district lays groundwork for new buildings strategy, sets timeline for community input
The new administration felt the former superintendent's plan focused too heavily on buildings and building needs, and not enough on how to improve academics.
August 28, 2019
At least 4 Memphis mayor candidates say it’s time to put city money back into K-12 schools
Chalkbeat surveyed sent a seven-question survey to each of the 11 mayoral candidates so that voters can have a better sense of their education agendas.
June 13, 2019
Memphis reels after Central High graduate Brandon Webber, a former student leader, was killed in altercation with law enforcement
Memphis school leaders said they would provide grief counselors to students after U.S. Marshals shot and killed a 2017 graduate of Central High School.
May 14, 2019
New Memphis program encourages more students to pursue careers in construction
The after-school program is Gov. Bill Lee’s latest push to train more high school students to enter careers straight out of high school.
March 7, 2019
Two Memphis candidates for mayor have education backgrounds. Here’s what you should know
Two Memphians with education credentials are running to beat incumbent Jim Strickland in the city’s October mayoral race.
December 5, 2017
Memphis mayor endorses pre-K investments as City Council plans vote
The council will vote soon on whether to commit the city to coming up with at least $8 million to fill an impending gap in pre-K funding.
Stopping summer slide
July 13, 2017
On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids
Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs.
April 28, 2017
Memphis billboards urge city to start funding schools again
Advocates say education funding should be part of Mayor Jim Strickland's "brilliant at the basics" priorities.
April 17, 2017
New coalition asks Memphis mayor to pump $10 million into education
The city needs to get back in the business of funding public education, says a diverse group of stakeholders in an April 13 letter to Mayor Jim Strickland.
May 25, 2016
Memphis city government takes heat during Shelby County’s school budget hearing
The budget hearing wasn't about Memphis city government, but the city became a main topic at a school board hearing before the Shelby County Commission.
January 6, 2016
Memphis City Schools retiree benefits up in the air following state attorney general’s opinion
Retired employees face uncertainty over which entity is responsible for paying for their benefits after the state attorney general said it's not Shelby County.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
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