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September 24, 2019
As union negotiations continue, Memphis teachers will receive a 3% raise, and some will also get merit pay
Superintendent Joris Ray also appeared to take aim at the district’s two teacher associations in comments to the public Tuesday evening as he announced the pay increases.
September 23, 2019
‘Clean up the transcripts’: Fired secretary in grade tampering scandal alleges lax rules in Memphis district
During an emotional, daylong testimony in her gender discrimination lawsuit against Shelby County Schools, Shirley Quinn described lax grade changing rules.
September 18, 2019
Memphis district recommends closing Southwest Early College High School, but decision pends on board vote
On the heels of a three-week investigation, Shelby County Schools is recommending closure of a charter school affiliated with Southwest Community College.
September 18, 2019
As district readies to release investigation, embattled Memphis charter school tells a different story
With the findings of a district investigation expected this week, leaders of a Memphis charter school are working to reassure parents that the school is getting on track.
September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
August 27, 2019
Parents, students petition Shelby County Schools board to investigate Southwest Early College High School
Three Memphis high schoolers, two parents, and a former teacher stood before the Shelby County Schools board on Tuesday night and called for an investigation.
Back to school
August 12, 2019
What you should know as the 2019 Tennessee school year begins
Now that summer break is officially over for Tennessee, we have a little bit of homework for you. Catch up on three of the big stories affecting local schools.
getting to school
July 24, 2019
For up to 3,000 Memphis high school students, this year’s commute could include free city bus rides
Under the plan, the district would pay $100 each for passes entitling students and a parent to unlimited city bus rides for the entire year.
July 22, 2019
Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative
Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday.
July 19, 2019
Memphis schools chief looking for new ideas because ‘what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working’
Chalkbeat sat down with Superintendent Joris Ray this week to discuss an initiative on black boys and how he hopes to get more students reading on grade level.
July 19, 2019
What the 2019 National Teacher of the Year told Memphis educators must happen if they want to reduce suspensions
“Relationships are the key determinant in changing student behaviors,” superintendent Joris Ray said after the event.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
Charter contract review
July 12, 2019
Memphis superintendent wants to play a bigger role in improving charter school performance
The review under the new superintendent could signal a continuation of the district’s effort to collaborate more with its charter schools.
June 26, 2019
Here’s who Joris Ray is leaning on to lead Memphis schools — and how much they are paid
Superintendent Joris Ray’s cabinet with its 16 members is larger than the leadership team under Dorsey Hopson — though fewer report directly to Ray.
Movers & shakers
June 25, 2019
Memphis school board approves four-year contract for Superintendent Joris Ray
His annual salary will be $285,000 — the same salary he made as interim superintendent and the same as his predecessor, Dorsey Hopson.
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