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Shelby County Schools
2 days ago
Unproven claims of sexual harassment against Joris Ray won’t halt superintendent vote, board members say
Most school board members are satisfied with an investigation into anonymous sexual harassment claims against interim superintendent Joris Ray that found “no evidence” of wrongdoing — and say it won’t affect their upcoming vote on whether to hire him.
3 days ago
District: Sexual harassment claim against interim superintendent Joris Ray ‘without merit’
An investigation into a sexual harassment complaint lodged against Joris Ray several months before he was named interim superintendent concluded there was “no evidence” of…
April 18, 2019
To slow rising costs, district wants to help new Memphis teachers pay for college debt instead of retiree benefits
The district believes the change would be attractive to millennials who are “piled with debt,” said Lin Johnson, the deputy superintendent of finance and operations.
April 17, 2019
Shelby County commissioners hone in on building needs, in first joint meeting with Memphis school board
In their first look at Shelby County Schools budget, county commissioners Wednesday night mostly wanted to hear about how the district plans to address its…
Updated April 18, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves governor’s call for a statewide charter school commission
Representatives vote 61-37 for Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to shift oversight of the state’s growing charter sector to a new nine-member body.
April 16, 2019
Tennessee governor huddles with school leaders in cities affected by his voucher proposal
In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, Gov. Bill Lee hears from leaders in the five cities that would be affected by his voucher proposal.
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
Breaking school-to-prison pipeline
April 12, 2019
This program helps put arrested Memphis teens on track. Now its funding is in jeopardy.
The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer and Shelby County Schools has not yet decided if the district will pick up the tab.
April 8, 2019
Memphis school board members disagree on how to pick next superintendent, decision on search firm delayed
Three Memphis school board members suggested ditching a national search for Shelby County Schools' next superintendent.
April 5, 2019
Once in juvenile detention themselves, Memphis students give school officials strategies for keeping others in school
The recommendations include eliminating suspensions and expulsions for elementary school students adn starting morning group check-ins with teachers.
back in court
April 5, 2019
Nashville appeals to the state Supreme Court to stop sharing student contact information with state-run district
Lawyers for Metro Nashville Public Schools appealed their case to withhold that student contact information to the state Supreme Court on Friday.
April 4, 2019
Fewer charter schools want to open in Memphis, and even fewer going where district says they’re needed
Charter school operators have applied to open 11 schools in the fall of 2020, but only four operators plan to open where the district says they’re needed.
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
March 26, 2019
700 Memphis students will be sent to different schools in facilities plan’s first result
Amid long-standing concerns over declining enrollment and aging campuses, these changes are the first step in the former superintendent's massive facilities plan.
March 26, 2019
On the eve of key voucher vote, Memphis school leaders reiterate opposition
The governor’s plan to roll out education savings accounts is slated to go Wednesday before a key committee in the Tennessee legislature.
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