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February 10, 2015
Shelby County School officials to parents: Choose us or the state’s ASD
Parents and students angry about a plan to close two more Memphis schools receive a blunt response from district leaders.
December 29, 2014
Best of 2014: Urban districts struggle to improve academics after school closings
Shelby County Schools officials say that closing as many as 13 schools in Memphis should lead to better academic outcomes for students. But research is mixed on whether closures actually help students' test scores.
December 23, 2014
Alcy Elementary uses holiday fun to boost reading
Alcy Elementary held its 7th annual Read Around the Christmas Tree earlier this month to encourage its students, about 300 of them, to have strong literacy skills.
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May 29, 2014
At closing schools, tenured Shelby County teachers sue district to keep jobs
Five Shelby County School tenured teachers filed a lawsuit against the district last week arguing they have a right to a job this fall. The teachers…
Shelby County Schools
April 23, 2014
Shelby County Schools board cuts $240 million in spending
The Shelby County Schools board unanimously passed a budget Tuesday night that slashed more than $240 million in spending and 4,563 positions from the district.
March 28, 2014
Westhaven community continues to fight for school after closings decision
A month after the Shelby County school board voted to close Westhaven Elementary School and request funds to build a new school in their area, school community members continue to organize to keep their school's staff and students together and to ensure that the new building gets built.
February 26, 2014
Shelby County School Board votes to close 10 schools at charged meeting
After nearly a year of planning, two months of intense community engagement, and four hours of meeting, it became official: Shelby County Schools will close 10 schools in Memphis before the 2014-15 school year, in the largest single school round of closures in the city's recent history.
February 20, 2014
Superintendent foreshadows changes to school closings plan as board members call for academic accountability
The district's final plan for the closures is likely to look notably different than it did when it were first presented in December. While Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson didn't make any final announcements about which Memphis schools will close next year at a board work session tonight, he left some school communities - including Westhaven - hope that their schools might remain open.
February 18, 2014
School closings on agenda for Shelby County board’s working session Wednesday
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson II will present his recommendations to the district's board about which of schools should be closed at a work session this Wednesday.
February 4, 2014
Shelby County board members address personal attacks, charges of racism at school closings meeting
Shelby County school board members and superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson II directly addressed community members' continued accusations that the planned closings of as many as 13 schools are racially motivated at an emotionally charged meeting at Westhaven Elementary School in Whitehaven Tuesday.
January 29, 2014
Nine thoughts on school closings from the chief of staff at Shelby County Schools
After a public hearing at Alcy Elementary School, Reginald Porter, Jr., the district's chief of staff and a former school board member, talked about what's coming up next for school closings and about how the district is trying to incorporate community feedback in its plans.
December 5, 2013
Shelby County Schools closed Friday due to inclement weather
Shelby County Schools and offices will be closed Friday because of inclement weather. Forecasters are predicting a possible ice storm with temperatures dipping to 17 degrees.
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