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Memphis City Schools
April 19, 2018
Two charter schools led by former Mayor Willie Herenton will close
Du Bois High School of Arts and Technology was already in danger of losing its charter because of poor academic performance.
By the numbers
March 29, 2018
Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago
And without a re-entry of white families into the city’s school system and massive policy changes, the segregation will only worsen, say academics.
Business of education
January 12, 2018
Memphis leaders say diversifying school business contracts will help in the classroom, too
Since poverty is a crucial factor in why many students fall behind in school, the lack of job opportunities for their parents must be part of the discussion.
November 1, 2017
Enrollment rises in Shelby County Schools for first time since suburban split
The gain was modest but serendipitous for a district that was bracing for another small decline.
September 20, 2017
Three things we learned about the state of school segregation in Memphis
The event was the kickoff of a series led by the National Museum of Civil Rights MLK 50 project, Stand for Children and the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition.
August 4, 2017
A ‘told you so’ about breakaway school districts leaves out urban district left behind
The Commercial Appeal column left out important context about the municipalities' financial situation and what naysayers were concerned with during the "de-merger."
June 28, 2017
Signal Mountain leaders just visited Shelby County to learn about school secession. Here are five things we heard.
Calling their trip a fact-finding mission, the mayor of Signal Mountain and a small committee of citizens met with leaders from Shelby County municipal school districts.
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
How can Memphis schools reach long-term goals? One month at a time, say leaders
Working with two national groups, the Shelby County Board of Education identifies data-based priorities to monitor the district's long-term goals.
Movers & shakers
December 19, 2016
Three things Willie Herenton has to say about Memphis education today
The former Memphis mayor and city schools superintendent says Memphis must do more to lift its schoolchildren out of poverty.
October 3, 2016
Students who broke color barrier in Memphis schools 55 years ago say there’s still work to do
Bruce Elementary School honors three of the 13 former students known as the ‘Memphis 13,’ who bridged the racial divide in Memphis schools in 1961.
August 29, 2016
Most Memphis teachers are due a 3 percent raise this year, but who and when?
Memphis educators will get a 3 percent if they rank a 3, 4 and 5 on their last evaluations. This marks Shelby County Schools' move to performance-based raises.
Gauging a game changer
March 16, 2016
How $90 million from Bill Gates spurred sweeping changes in one school district
As an unprecedented six-year investment begins to dry up in Memphis schools, leaders seek to sustain the teacher quality reforms that have just begun to take root.
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.
August 25, 2015
‘Opportunity Lost’ author on poverty, race and the biggest challenges in transforming Memphis schools
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, educator and author Marcus Pohlmann talks about the impact of race, poverty and funding on schools in Memphis and Shelby County.
May 27, 2015
‘Memphis 13’ to be honored with historical school markers
More than half a century after 13 black first-graders pioneered integration of schools in Memphis, historic markers will go up in their honor at the four schools they attended.
February 23, 2015
Students suspended at an ‘alarmingly high’ rate in Memphis, report says
More than 40 percent of all black middle and high school students in Memphis were suspended at least once during the 2011-12 school year – an "alarmingly high" rate, say authors of a new statistical analysis.
July 18, 2014
Educators, parents to discuss school options at three community meetings
Stand for Children along with the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) will hold three meetings across Memphis in the next two weeks to facilitate conversations…
July 11, 2014
Memphis Superintendent Hopson asks Mayor Wharton for $57 million he says they’re owed
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II is asking the city of Memphis to enter into mediation to pay the $57 million that is owed to Shelby…
June 27, 2014
Collierville’s leader breaks down the municipality split
John Aitken served as superintendent of Shelby County Schools from 2009 to 2013 amid one of its most tumultuous changes in recent memory, including the changes wrought by Race to the Top, a new teacher evaluation system and the merger with Memphis City Schools. Now as the superintendent of Collierville Schools he hopes that, after a busy start, his job will settle down and he can spend more time building relationships.
May 27, 2014
Former Memphis superintendent Kriner Cash could lead New Orleans school district
Former Memphis superintendent Kriner Cash is one of three finalists being considered for the top job in Orleans Parish School District, in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune…
April 30, 2014
SCS Superintendent Hopson on teacher pay raises next year: ‘My hope is that we’ll be able to give all of our teachers something’
In a few weeks, Shelby County School teachers will learn how much of a pay increase they can expect during the 2014-15 school year. During…
April 8, 2014
American Foreign Language Council encourages SCS not to reduce world language classes
As the Shelby County School Board prepares to pass its 2014-15 budget this month, one of the proposed cuts to reduce the number of world…
March 26, 2014
Shelby County Schools plans to continue programs with leftover Race to the Top funds
Shelby County Schools administrators received approval from Tennessee Department of Education to use its $5 million left over from Race to the Top grant money next…
January 10, 2014
Colonial Middle reaches out to parents, community with new event
Colonial Middle School is hosting its first Parent & Community Engagement Expo on Thursday Jan. 16. The two-hour event will begin at 5 p.m. at…
Interesting Memphis news
December 13, 2013
State-run district says final list of schools reflects community input, needs
The Achievement School District (ASD) announced Thursday a final list of six failing schools that will become part of the state-run district next year and the charter operators who will be tasked with boosting their test scores.
December 10, 2013
Shelby County administrators say missing items in audit worth less than $5 million
Shelby County administrators told board members today that the missing items cited in a scathing audit last week were only worth about ten percent of the estimated $48 million.
December 10, 2013
Market share of charters in Memphis increases to 6 percent
The proportion and number of students enrolled in charter schools is increasing in Memphis and around the country, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' annual update on the "market share" of charter schools in various cities.
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