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Looking to the future
July 13, 2018
Why this standalone Denver charter school is considering joining forces with a network
Leaders from both Roots Elementary and Rocky Mountain Prep see a potential merger as mutually beneficial.
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.
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.
Mergers and acquisitions
January 14, 2016
City proposes two more mergers, including at one of city’s smallest high schools
The first merger would have Peace and Diversity Academy, a tiny, struggling school in the Bronx, be absorbed into Metropolitan High School.
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.
November 11, 2015
Anxieties grow for some vanishing schools in city’s merger plans
As the city's merger plans move forward, a public meeting in East Harlem hinted at some of the tensions to come.
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.
May 5, 2015
Wanted: A problem-solver to oversee small-school mergers
The "senior director of school redesign and consolidation" will oversee the small-school mergers that Chancellor Fariña has promised.
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…
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