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Tennessee Votes 2018
July 12, 2018
Election Day is Thursday in Tennessee. Here’s where your candidates stand on education.
Chalkbeat asked candidates in four critical races about their positions on public education.
April 11, 2018
School leaders say it’ll take $1 billion to educate Memphis students
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the county to pay the district $13 million from its expected surplus and use $25 million from the district's reserves.
November 15, 2017
Support grows in Memphis for keeping student info from state charter schools
Shelby County commissioners side with Shelby County Schools in the district's battle with the state over releasing student contact information.
May 8, 2017
New Memphis school buildings get green light on design funds
Shelby County leaders take the first step toward rebuilding two Memphis elementary schools.
April 19, 2017
Drop TNReady scores from teacher evaluations, urge Shelby County leaders
The county's Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to urge the state to use TNReady results as only a “diagnostic” tool.
March 10, 2017
For the first time in years, Shelby County Schools will start its budget process without a shortfall
The proposed spending plan for Tennessee's largest school system will be unveiled on Monday.
January 23, 2017
Vote approaches on closing two Memphis schools, while cost of Hopson’s plan grows
The school board soon will decide the fate of two elementary schools, while the district's local funding body will get a heftier-than-expected price tag for new schools.
November 28, 2016
Hopson’s plan to close and build schools gets good marks from county commissioners
The superintendent's plan caters to commissioners' demands that the school system stop pouring money into aging buildings.
November 3, 2016
Hopson: All teachers to receive 3 percent raise, not just top-rated ones
The decision comes after Memphis leaders learned it will be December before Shelby County Schools receives state data needed to determine teacher scores.
June 20, 2016
County commission delays vote on operating budget again
If you thought this year’s tumultuous Shelby County budget saga was about to end — think again.
June 15, 2016
Shelby County Schools close to filling budget gap — sort of
While the county's budget still can change, Memphis school officials hope their budget gap will shrink by $22 million after discussions with Shelby County commissioners.
June 13, 2016
Why the 2016 budget debate is especially high stakes for Shelby County Schools
Here's an explainer on "maintenance of effort," the dynamic setting the baseline this year for future funding for Shelby County Schools.
June 1, 2016
Memphis school budget unsettled as Shelby County Commission delays vote
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's administration tells commissioners it's sticking to a $8.7 million boost to schools, far below Shelby County Schools' request.
May 25, 2016
Memphis city government takes heat during Shelby County’s school budget hearing
The budget hearing wasn't about Memphis city government, but the city became a main topic at a school board hearing before the Shelby County Commission.
May 24, 2016
Financial stability for Memphis schools elusive amid under-utilized facilities
County commissioners disagree on the role under-utilized facilities in funding the gap in Shelby County Schools' budget.
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