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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 deputy superintendent Lin Johnson leaving to pursue a doctorate at Harvard
Lin Johnson started in Shelby County Schools in 2015 as the district’s chief of finance under former superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
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.
April 18, 2019
To slow rising costs, district wants to help new Memphis teachers pay for college debt instead of retiree benefits
The district believes the change would be attractive to millennials who are “piled with debt,” said Lin Johnson, the deputy superintendent of finance and operations.
April 17, 2019
Shelby County commissioners hone in on building needs in first joint meeting with Memphis school board
In their first look at Shelby County Schools budget, county commissioners Wednesday night mostly wanted to hear about how the district plans to address its…
Politics & Policy
March 22, 2019
Here’s a first look into Memphis school budget priorities under Joris Ray
Even though the board is about to hire a national search firm to look for a new superintendent, Ray has not been shy about pushing through initiatives.
February 14, 2019
Memphis interim superintendent adds two cabinet-level positions in first month on the job
The shuffle suggests a leader planning to stick around. His contract gives him the “authority to organize, reorganize, and rearrange the central office.”
December 10, 2018
Hopson will leave a blueprint to consolidate more schools. Here’s what you need to know.
If trends hold true for Hopson’s final recommendations, four schools would be at the top of the list for consolidation.
November 20, 2018
Hopson is stepping down from leading Memphis schools. What happens now?
Next steps for Shelby County board members include naming an interim leader and getting a superintendent search underway.
May 1, 2018
All Memphis teachers could get a raise now that TNReady scores won’t affect their pay
Shelby County Schools had originally planned to give raises to teachers with high evaluation scores, but TNReady issues sent district leaders back to the drawing board.
December 7, 2017
Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession
Superintendents from suburban Memphis say their towns' 2014 pullout from Shelby County Schools hasn't hurt the urban district — but it has.
August 8, 2017
Inner circle: Here’s who Superintendent Hopson leans on to lead Memphis schools
The 11-member leadership team helps to oversee Tennessee's largest district in one of the most challenging education landscapes in America.
Rainy Day Fund
August 1, 2017
Why Shelby County Schools has $84 million sitting in a savings account
The amount has raised some eyebrows, especially considering the level of need by Memphis students and leaders' longstanding complaints of state underfunding.
New fiscal year
June 30, 2017
Hopson: Memphis schools have most stable budget in years, but it’s still not enough
The superintendent of Shelby County Schools talks about financial challenges facing Tennessee's largest district as it begins a new fiscal year.
June 20, 2017
Memphis schools to lose $5 million in federal dollars for poor students
Shelby County Schools will lose $5 million in federal funding that provides extra dollars for high-poverty schools and districts.
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