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March 25, 2019
Memphis parent advocacy group spreading model to other cities, most recently Nashville
Nashville is the latest city to copy pieces of the Memphis Lift model for engaging parents in advocacy.
December 4, 2018
Memphis school board softens request to reform state’s troubled TNReady test
The board governing Tennessee’s largest school district is asking state legislators to rely less on the standardized test known as TNReady, which has endured a…
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.
November 6, 2018
Students walk out of Memphis school demanding to know why principal and teacher were fired
The protest at the Memphis school follows months of unease as other teachers have quit and students and parents have not received clear answers on staffing changes.
October 26, 2018
As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system
In unified enrollment, each family across the city would fill out a common application listing their top choices and submit them electronically by the same deadline.
October 17, 2018
Memphis parents demand answers on charter school principal’s abrupt departure
The answers were not clear, and after an hour of sometimes heated exchanges, advocates threatened to encourage parents to pull their children out.
September 28, 2018
Memphis school leaders refuse to answer further questions about grade-changing investigation
Refusing to answer questions about an issue that has plagued the district for two years is a departure from a previous examination of grade changing.
Updated July 17, 2018
‘Sharing their hearts’: Why these parents became advocates for Memphis students
While their children are out of school for the summer, a local parent group is using this time to hit the books.
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Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
October 20, 2017
As Nashville heads to court over sharing student information with the state, here’s why Memphis probably won’t
Instead of outright rejecting McQueen's deadline last month like Nashville did, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson sought a compromise.
July 28, 2017
How one group is defying conventional wisdom on parental involvement in Memphis schools
Marking its second anniversary, Memphis Lift has risen from obscurity to influence on the city's increasingly splintered education landscape.
July 11, 2017
Frosty relationship thaws between parents group Memphis Lift and Shelby County Schools
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson pays a visit to Memphis Lift as part of the group's speaker series for parents.
May 16, 2017
Under Hopson’s leadership, Memphis schools have changed a lot. Some say not fast enough.
Memphians weigh in on whether the school board should grant a two-year contract extension to Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
April 10, 2017
As school voucher vote approaches in Nashville, most Memphis advocacy groups don’t want program piloted in their city
Here's where grassroots organizations in Memphis stand on a voucher bill that would impact their community.
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December 12, 2016
Community organizer named leader of Nashville parent engagement group
Neonta Williams is the new director of Nashville Rise.
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