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July 23, 2019
Schwinn: No new schools will enter Tennessee’s turnaround district this year, but some may leave
Big changes will be coming to Tennessee’s Achievement School District within the next few months, the state’s education chief Penny Schwinn told Chalkbeat.
June 18, 2019
‘We have to get this right’: With Sharon Griffin out, achievement district seeks consistency, communication
Sharon Griffin will be replaced on an interim basis by two current Achievement School DIstrict leaders.
June 17, 2019
Under growing tension, heralded turnaround leader Sharon Griffin resigns as head of achievement district
A year after Sharon Griffin’s ascension into leadership of Tennessee’s embattled turnaround district drew widespread praise – and after months of tension.
June 5, 2019
High-profile principal is among reshuffling at the Achievement School District
The leader of Tennessee’s turnaround district’s highest-performing school is heading to a new position this summer, a year after the fourth superintendent change.
June 4, 2019
After a year with a new leader, high hopes are giving way to tension within Tennessee’s turnaround district
The initial excitement over the Achievement School District's new leader has given way to an impasse between the superintendent and the district's charter leaders.
May 16, 2019
Aspire wants to leave Memphis but keep its four schools open. What will that look like?
Four months after a California charter operator decided to hand off its Memphis schools, a transition plan sheds light on what exactly the spin-off could look like.
May 9, 2019
Tennessee’s state-run district has a new look. Here’s why the Achievement School District invested in rebranding.
The Achievement School District underwent an$11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
April 18, 2019
Longtime Memphian Bobby White out as official at state-run turnaround district
Bobby White joined the achievement district in 2016 as the chief of external affairs.
March 29, 2019
One parent’s voice is the start of renewed focus on parent engagement for Tennessee’s turnaround district
“We have to create a committee that as we make decisions we hear from you,” Achievement School District leader Sharon Griffin told the one parent in attendance.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s education chief talks accountability during visits to Memphis turnaround schools
Here's what Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn had to say about the Achievement School District in Memphis.
March 21, 2019
Griffin: Higher standards, more certified teachers and better K-2 instructors are top priorities for Tennessee’s turnaround district
Sharon Griffin is ready to make some sweeping changes in the Achievement School District’s 30 charter schools.
March 12, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline
This middle school, a part of the Achievement School District, has cut its suspension rate in half this school year.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
December 20, 2018
Mayor Harris hires former superintendent to encourage Shelby County school systems to work together
Cedrick Gray is the former superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi and of Fayette County in Tennessee. He started his career in Memphis as a teacher.
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