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June 24, 2019
For the second year in a row, county leaders use one-time funding to grant Memphis schools part of its budget request
The decision reversed a rejection earlier in the meeting where most commissioners abstained from voting on a recommendation to increase recurring costs by $1.9 million.
June 19, 2019
In a change from previous years, Memphis schools likely to get less money than requested from county
A final vote on the county's budget is expected Monday.
May 28, 2019
Memphis school board approves $1.4 billion budget with a focus on iZone expansion and early literacy
School board members unanimously approved a $1.4 billion budget Tuesday, and are asking county leaders for additional $7.5 million.
May 17, 2019
Memphis school leaders plan to ask the county for at least an additional $10 million for next school year
The 2019-20 budget is the first for Superintendent Joris Ray, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and a majority of the 13-member county commission.
May 2, 2019
Three Memphis charters spared from closure under new state law, while former superintendent plans to appeal decision to close one of his schools
A charter school leader running for mayor plans to appeal Shelby County Schools’ decision to close one of his schools after he said board members used a double standard.
April 11, 2019
The Memphis school board is divided on next steps for hiring a superintendent. Here’s what could happen.
About five months after former superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced he would step down, the school board is not much further in finding his replacement.
getting to school
February 26, 2019
Study coming on free bus passes for Memphis high school students
Students said reliable transportation to and from school, and to jobs and after-school programs would reduce stress and help curb behavior problems.
Diversity & Equity
February 22, 2019
New Memphis charter school guidelines would help decide if there are too many schools in a single neighborhood
Board members would be able to systematically slow the growth of charter schools in Memphis, which has swelled to 54 since their inception in 2002.
getting to school
January 30, 2019
Free bus passes for all high school students? A Memphis school board member wants to make that a reality.
The proposal was based on student recommendations on how to reduce suspensions and expulsions in the district.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
October 23, 2018
Memphis school board postpones closing seven charter schools
The delay is a rare concession for a school board that has been quick to close charter schools that are not meeting state standards.
Follow the money
July 17, 2018
Here’s who is giving money to Memphis school board candidates — and not all of it is local
For the first time in four years, one school board candidate has attracted campaign money from groups outside the state interested in seeing changes in…
December 6, 2017
Inequities of ‘tent city’ would persist online under plan for applying to Memphis’ most popular schools
The mostly first-come, first-serve approach would still challenge parents without digital access or with inflexible schedules.
November 10, 2017
Memphis philanthropists sponsor a trip to Indianapolis for school board members
Indianapolis’ school board has supported the transition to a “portfolio” model where district control is decentralized and various entities directly operate schools.
sending a message
August 21, 2017
Memphis school board leader wants to declare that ‘all are welcome here’
Teresa Jones wants the school board to officially go on the record and commit to protecting Shelby County Schools' undocumented students and their families.
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