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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.
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.
December 11, 2015
In latest twist, Boys and Girls principal lobbies for co-location with Medgar Evers
If anyone can engineer the unusual move, it is Principal Michael Wiltshire, who was recruited to lead Boys and Girls last year and still oversees the selective Medgar Evers.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
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.
April 28, 2015
Principal of troubled Boys and Girls HS floats merger with selective Medgar Evers
The proposal follows news that the chancellor plans to combine a struggling Brooklyn middle school with a high-performing one in the same building.
Shelby County Schools
July 30, 2014
Shelby County Schools makes academic gains, pushes faster growth
The Tennessee Department of Education released state test scores on Wednesday. The state used combined test information from legacy Memphis City and legacy Shelby County to establish the goals that the merged district needed to meet this year.
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…
June 27, 2014
Shelby County: Schools can set uniform policies on their own next year; no changes yet
Wondering whether you’ll need to go shopping for a new school uniform or set of outfits for next school year? Wonder no longer; As of…
June 9, 2014
Parent groups face uncertainty just when they’re needed most
PTAs in at least four of the county’s six new municipal school districts are forming separate PTA councils, and some parents aren’t sure which PTA to align with.
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…
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…
March 19, 2014
Shelby County Schools audit of missing equipment is a work in progress, Hopson says
Shelby County Schools principals and staff have located 30,837 pieces of equipment that an independent auditor reported missing last summer. More than 23,000 pieces of…
March 5, 2014
Hopson previews staff cuts, reviews school closings and budget changes for 2014-15
Shelby County Schools is preparing to lay off teachers and central office staff in preparation for the "demerger" next year, when thousands of students and hundreds of teachers are likely to leave to attend new suburban school districts near Memphis.
March 4, 2014
Shelby County Schools’ budget includes staff reductions and program cuts
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II presents a budget he says addresses need for academic growth, but will still involve job cuts.
February 27, 2014
Shelby County Schools holds second community meeting on rezoning plan
Shelby County Schools held its second community meeting about a rezoning proposal for the 2014-15 school year at Woodstock Middle School Thursday. The district is rezoning…
January 17, 2014
Students enrolled in municipal districts can attend Optional Schools for free
Students who are enrolled in the new municipal school districts being created by six Memphis suburbs will not have to pay tuition to enroll in…
January 9, 2014
New developments in municipal districts have implications for merged Shelby County district
Whether six new suburban school systems will be able to open by this fall could have big implications for Shelby County Schools.
December 10, 2013
Shelby County school board approves agreement with Germantown
Shelby County's school board approved its final agreement with Germantown in a special-called meeting Tuesday. The vote brings to close a months-long debate over which schools will be absorbed by six municipalities that don't want to be part of the merged Shelby County School district.
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 3, 2013
Missing items in Shelby County stem from outdated, unchecked procedures, superintendent says
Shelby County school officials said Tuesday that outdated and unchecked procedures led to thousands of items going missing, including cars, laptops and air conditioners. Those…
December 3, 2013
Audit finds $48 million of equipment missing
During one of the largest school mergers in the nation's history, Memphis and Shelby County School officials lost track of more than $48 million worth of school equipment, according to a recent audit.
December 2, 2013
Shelby County Commission approves deals with Bartlett, Collierville, Millington
The Shelby County Commission voted unanimously to approve settlements with Bartlett, Collierville, and Millington Monday. The settlements will facilitate the suburbs' plans to open their own school districts. The commission also approved the quitclaim deeds that transfer school buildings from the merged Shelby County school system to the municipalities.
November 25, 2013
Settlements with Memphis-area suburbs on the agenda at Shelby County Board meeting
Shelby County’s school board will vote on whether to approve agreements deeding buildings to three of the six suburban municipalities hoping to create their own…
November 19, 2013
Shelby County board approves building transfers, settlement with two suburban districts
Shelby County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer five school buildings to two of the six suburban cities that plan to break away from…
November 13, 2013
Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell speaks on education, jobs
Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. was a teacher before he became Shelby County’s director of corrections, its sheriff, and, in 2010, its mayor. Luttrell, a Republican,…
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