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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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September 25, 2018
School turnaround leader promoted to oversee all academics in Memphis schools
After nearly two years without an academic chief, Shelby County Schools has promoted its assistant superintendent of low-performing schools to the position.
December 22, 2017
A bill that would have piloted vouchers in Memphis dies before the session starts
Rep. Harry Brooks, the Knoxville Republican who sponsored the voucher bill, says he won’t advance it in the House.
November 22, 2016
More Tennessee Promise mentors needed in Shelby, 43 other counties
Shelby County needs 504 mentors to serve the record number of high school seniors who applied for the state's free community college program.
November 2, 2016
Tennessee Promise needs 9,000 more mentors to help record number of applicants get to college
A record number of Tennessee high school seniors have applied to Tennessee Promise, requiring a record number of volunteers to help those students achieve their goals.
June 23, 2016
Shelby County Schools asks parents to register early online, but most wait
During the second year of Shelby County Schools' move to all-online registration for students, the district is asking parents to sign their kids up for classes earlier than ever.
July 28, 2015
New parent ID expands access to Shelby County Schools
A new ID program in Memphis will provide school access to parents who are undocumented residents or those with international identification.
Leadership & Management
June 16, 2015
First Governor’s Teacher Cabinet to advise Haslam, McQueen
Gov. Bill Haslam announces 18 Tennessee teachers selected to serve on the first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet.
December 29, 2014
Best of 2014: Urban districts struggle to improve academics after school closings
Shelby County Schools officials say that closing as many as 13 schools in Memphis should lead to better academic outcomes for students. But research is mixed on whether closures actually help students' test scores.
July 2, 2014
Shelby County Schools holds teacher hiring fair on the eve of layoffs
On the last day before hundreds of Shelby County School teachers are laid off, the district held a hiring fair at White Station Middle…
June 19, 2014
Vocabulary camp at Sharpe Elementary keeps students focused on reading this summer
In 2013-14 school year, Sharpe Elementary's goal was to increase student literacy by 60 percent, which would be based on state test results. More than 70 percent of the school's students were reading below grade level at the beginning of the school year.
June 9, 2014
Parent groups face uncertainty just when they’re needed most
PTAs in at least four of the county’s six new municipal school districts are forming separate PTA councils, and some parents aren’t sure which PTA to align with.
May 27, 2014
Hopson holds off on outsourcing the hiring of substitute teachers
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II removed from Tuesday’s board meeting agenda a proposal to outsource the hiring of substitute teachers but said it’s…
April 14, 2014
Shelby County Schools to ask commission to fund pre-K, capital needs
As Shelby County Schools prepares to finalize its 2014-15 budget, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II said he may ask the commission to fund a portion of…
March 4, 2014
Shelby County Schools’ budget includes staff reductions and program cuts
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II presents a budget he says addresses need for academic growth, but will still involve job cuts.
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