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Shelby County Commission
June 24, 2019
Funding approval will save 1,000 pre-K seats in Memphis
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
June 24, 2019
For the second year in a row, county leaders use one-time funding to grant Memphis schools part of its budget request
The decision reversed a rejection earlier in the meeting where most commissioners abstained from voting on a recommendation to increase recurring costs by $1.9 million.
June 19, 2019
In a change from previous years, Memphis schools likely to get less money than requested from county
A final vote on the county's budget is expected Monday.
The big ask
May 29, 2019
County commissioners weigh extra funding request by Memphis schools
Shelby County Schools has asked the county commission for $7.5 million more for early literacy programs, ACT prep and teachers for English language learners.
May 15, 2019
Advocacy groups push for Spanish translations, emotional support, and better facilities at Memphis schools
District officials and county commissioners at the meeting said they agreed with the teachers’ requests in principle, though they sometimes differed on specifics.
February 20, 2019
Four candidates left make their case before commission for open Shelby County Schools board seat
Shelby County Commissioners will likely vote on a successor this Monday.
names are in
February 19, 2019
Ten apply for vacant seat on the Memphis school board, but six live outside of seat’s district
The appointee will fill the seat Teresa Jones vacated and would serve until the term expires in August 2020, not October as previously reported.
August 2, 2018
Votes are in: Harris is mayor, majority of funding body for Shelby County schools is new
The winners are important to public education because they will approve the final budgets for Shelby County Schools, which is Tennessee’s largest district, along with six suburban districts.
Leadership & Management
June 25, 2018
Shelby County Commission candidate used previously published news material in her campaign questionnaire
Shelby County Commission candidate Sharon Webb took a portion of a Chalkbeat story and included it word-for-word in her response to a question…
June 18, 2018
County approves more money for Memphis schools, but skirts obligation to match it next year
The decision to approve the budget sets in motion an action that meets the district’s needs for now, but also loses out on locking in more resources for years to come.
June 14, 2018
Shelby County Schools wants to shutter charter school that opened outside district limits
But the school's leader says he is close to securing a building within Shelby County Schools boundaries.
June 12, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners recommend less aggressive pre-K funding plan
A committee of Shelby County Commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of approving a plan that details funding for pre-K through 2022.
May 31, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners reveal tentative plan to fully fund pre-K for families who can’t afford it
County government could add an additional $2.5 million for pre-K for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, according to a new recommendation.
March 26, 2018
Nonprofit charged with getting Memphis’ youngest students kindergarten-ready says city’s $6 million is just the start
The city of Memphis recently pledged $6 million for pre-kindergarten seats. But it's just a drop in the bucket of a $40 million pre-K plan.
February 26, 2018
Leadership that controls school funding will change in Memphis this year. Here’s who is running
Shelby County voters will elect a new mayor and a mostly new county commission this year.
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