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Shelby County Commission
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.
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.
July 12, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs unlikely to open soon in Memphis schools as SCS funding plan collapses
County commissioners balk at Shelby County Schools' request for $1.6 million to open clubs inside of three schools.
June 29, 2016
Memphis schools get budget win as county approves $22 million more for Tennessee’s largest district
Shelby County Schools gets most of what leaders wanted from county government, ending a month-long tug-of-war over funding.
June 9, 2016
Board presses Shelby County for wheel tax autonomy for Memphis schools
Seeking to balance its budget, the school board asks the County Commission to give the district greater flexibility in spending wheel tax revenue for education.
Down to the details
May 11, 2016
Flurry of budget changes would raise salaries, change benefits for Memphis teachers
The school board for Shelby County Schools will vote next week on a $954 million proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district.
April 6, 2016
Hopson: Proposed budget cuts to Memphis schools could reverse years of improvements
More than $50 million in proposed cuts would impact staffing and programs including special education, the Innovation Zone and CLUE within Shelby County Schools.
April 5, 2016
Budget cuts loom for Shelby County Schools, again — here’s what we know
As Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepares to unveil his proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district, here are five things to know.
April 4, 2016
Citing ‘dire’ budget situation for Shelby County Schools, Hopson rallies employees for funding
As budget season kicks off for Memphis schools, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson urges employees to advocate for increased funding from county and state governments.
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.
July 21, 2014
County Commission approves $3 million to expand pre-K
The Shelby County Commission will give $3 million to the Shelby County Education Foundation to expand prekindergarten this year, according to local media…
June 18, 2014
Pre-K advocates pursue small strategies toward big goal
A coalition of pre-K advocates are moving forward with a collection of small strategies that they hope will, collectively, result in every child being prepared to start kindergarten.Although they’ve stopped short of calling it a full-on strategy, they are now pursuing several possible ways forward, including identify new funding, raising standards for daycare centers, and even returning to voters to ask for more funding.
June 3, 2014
Commission votes down pre-K proposal
The Shelby County Commission voted down a proposal to fund pre-K classrooms Monday. Commissioner Steve Mulroy wanted $2.8 million to restore funding for 26 pre-K…
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