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April 17, 2018
Memphis school board discusses dropping TNReady scores from teacher decisions after testing failures
The angry declarations came after two days of glitches in Tennessee testing including what the state called a “deliberate attack” on its testing vendor’s data center.
April 6, 2018
Here’s who’s running for Memphis school board in August
Fifteen people are vying for four seats on the Memphis school board. The election is Aug. 2.
April 4, 2018
Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students
Some Memphis students were center stage during Wednesday's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Others missed school to witness the day's events.
February 26, 2018
McQueen’s plan would interrupt Hopson’s for improving one Memphis school
The state's recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary comes in the school's first year of a three-year improvement plan under Shelby County Schools.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
December 6, 2017
Grade changes pervasive in Memphis high schools, analysis shows
Trezevant High, which prompted the investigation, isn't the high school with the most grade changes in Shelby County Schools, according to the probe.
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November 10, 2017
What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
The author was David Osborne, and his new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools,” argues that city school districts should stop directly running schools.
November 10, 2017
Memphis philanthropists sponsor a trip to Indianapolis for school board members
Indianapolis’ school board has supported the transition to a “portfolio” model where district control is decentralized and various entities directly operate schools.
elephant in the room
June 8, 2017
Four things to know out of this week’s special school board meeting on Memphis grade tampering
For the first time since a principal's resignation letter rekindled interest in an ongoing review of grading practices, the school board meets to discuss the case publicly.
April 10, 2017
Memphis education leaders are liking Tennessee’s charter school bill, despite having little initial input
The proposed overhaul addresses many issues that Memphis has been sorting out since district and charter leaders began working on last year as a coalition.
March 14, 2017
Debate over Sunday sports bumps vote on Memphis school tuition vouchers
About 40 Memphians made the seven-hour round trip drive to Nashville, only to have the voucher bill that rallied them delayed.
March 13, 2017
The voucher bill tailor-made for Memphis? Many Memphians are offended by it.
The strongest voices against Tennessee’s leading school voucher proposal are coming from the very community it’s supposed to help.
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.
December 2, 2016
Memphis school leaders don’t plan to release comprehensive footprint analysis
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says he doesn't plan to release a comprehensive look at district schools, but will make recommendations incrementally based on the data.
Voices and choices
October 17, 2016
Change is coming, say Memphis school leaders as community meetings launch
Shelby County Schools kicks off a series of community meetings by preparing parents and teachers that many schools likely will have to be closed or merged.
August 4, 2016
Incumbents defeat challengers in local, state races tied to education in Memphis
The school board for Shelby County Schools will stay intact, while incumbents in three key state legislative primary races also score wins.
July 28, 2016
Here’s what two candidates say about Memphis schools in the district’s only contested school board race
Vying for the District 3 seat, incumbent Stephanie Love and challenge Sharon Fields answer Chalkbeat's questions heading into Election Day on Aug. 4.
May 31, 2016
Hopson: Not enough time to switch Memphis school from ASD to iZone
Citing time constraints, the leader of Shelby County Schools backs away from potential collaboration with the Achievement School District on Raleigh-Egypt Middle School.
April 8, 2016
Shelby County’s only contested school board race to pit ASD critic against an employee
The only competitive race in Shelby County's school board election this August has strong ties to a state school turnaround initiative that the board does not oversee.
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August 11, 2014
SCS board elect Stephanie Love had ‘calling’ to represent Frayser schools
Three years ago, Stephanie Love was working in her beauty salon when a man came in. “Y'all need to come to the Frayser Exchange Club,” he said. "They let you know everything that's going on in Frayser.” This was before she had become actively involved in her church, before she had become a leader in her neighborhood and before she had won a seat on the Shelby County Schools board.
August 6, 2014
As race comes to end, school board candidates wrap up fundraising, spending
In the final month of their campaigns, Shelby County School board candidates spent thousands of dollars on signs, mailings and consultants and continued to draw…
July 11, 2014
From T-shirts to campaign headquarters, Shelby County Schools board candidates spend to get ahead
With less than a month until the Aug. 7 election, Shelby County Schools board candidates have begun taking out loans, raising…
June 26, 2014
Stand for Children endorses 8 school board candidates
Stand for Children has endorsed a slate of Shelby County school board candidates, six weeks before the Aug. 7 election, as part of its…
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