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Memphis City Schools
July 26, 2019
Busing students to integrate Memphis schools was maligned by some, ‘opened a whole new world’ for others
We asked our readers to share their experiences with busing in Memphis. Here's what they had to say.
November 21, 2018
Hopson was the ‘right leader for a fragile time,’ Memphians say. The city reflects on his five years at the helm of local schools
Dorsey Hopson is leaving the district better than he found it, he told reporters in a crowded conference room on Tuesday as he announced his resignation.
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.
Leadership & Management
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.
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