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August 2, 2018
Votes are in: Harris is mayor, majority of funding body for Shelby County schools is new
The winners are important to public education because they will approve the final budgets for Shelby County Schools, which is Tennessee’s largest district, along with six suburban districts.
June 18, 2018
County approves more money for Memphis schools, but skirts obligation to match it next year
The decision to approve the budget sets in motion an action that meets the district’s needs for now, but also loses out on locking in more resources for years to come.
May 31, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners reveal tentative plan to fully fund pre-K for families who can’t afford it
County government could add an additional $2.5 million for pre-K for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, according to a new recommendation.
April 11, 2018
School leaders say it’ll take $1 billion to educate Memphis students
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the county to pay the district $13 million from its expected surplus and use $25 million from the district's reserves.
February 26, 2018
Leadership that controls school funding will change in Memphis this year. Here’s who is running
Shelby County voters will elect a new mayor and a mostly new county commission this year.
February 6, 2018
Mayor calls for more science, early education in Memphis-area schools
In his last State of the County address, the two-term Republican mayor and former sheriff urged investments in local education.
June 29, 2016
Memphis schools get budget win as county approves $22 million more for Tennessee’s largest district
Shelby County Schools gets most of what leaders wanted from county government, ending a month-long tug-of-war over funding.
June 15, 2016
Shelby County Schools close to filling budget gap — sort of
While the county's budget still can change, Memphis school officials hope their budget gap will shrink by $22 million after discussions with Shelby County commissioners.
July 15, 2015
Is Tennessee’s school funding system broken? Local officials increasingly say ‘yes’
Local government leaders say they're picking up too much slack for the state when it comes to funding the true cost of education in Tennessee.
July 28, 2014
Shelby County Schools’ pathway to pre-K funds runs through foundation with suburban roots
Shelby County commissioners who voted last week to spend $3 million on expanding prekindergarten access are finding that they don’t control where the money will go. That’s because the commission earmarked the funds not directly to Shelby County Schools, but to a small foundation that has strong ties to the suburban districts that have left SCS and whose plans for the funds are unclear.
July 21, 2014
County Commission approves $3 million to expand pre-K
The Shelby County Commission will give $3 million to the Shelby County Education Foundation to expand prekindergarten this year, according to local media…
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