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March 21, 2018
I’ve been mistaken for the other black male leader at my charter network. Let’s talk about it.
A recent reunion pushed this charter leader to reflect again on the power dynamics that determine who gets to make decisions in so-called education reform.
back in town
March 8, 2018
Back in Memphis, founding superintendent of Tennessee’s turnaround district says the effort needs more time
In town this week for a philanthropic event, Chris Barbic told Chalkbeat that he expects low-performing schools absorbed by the state-run district to see more progress.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
July 9, 2015
State unveils new intervention process for underperforming schools
Leaders of the Achievement School District unveil a new process for the state to take control of struggling schools and convert them to charter schools.
April 7, 2015
Chris Barbic on leading Tennessee’s Achievement School District and its daunting turnaround task
In an interview with Chalkbeat, the leader of the state's school turnaround district talks about the challenging work of changing the trajectory for struggling schools and the lessons he's learned.
March 30, 2015
South Memphis school scheduled for charter transition instead will close
Days after charter operator YES Prep backed out its plan to begin operating a struggling Memphis school this August, leaders with Shelby County Schools announce they will close the school.
March 25, 2015
YES Prep charter school organization pulls out of Memphis at 11th hour
YES Prep Public Schools, a nationally known charter management organization based in Texas, is pulling out of Memphis, where it had been scheduled to begin taking over a struggling middle school this August.
September 9, 2014
Lawsuit alleges Achievement School District favored Barbic’s schools over competitors’
A lawsuit filed late last month alleges that the state-run Achievement School District's process for evaluating charter school applications in 2013 was not objective, and that YES Prep, the charter organization founded by ASD superintendent Chris Barbic, received a leg up in its application.
Interesting Memphis news
December 13, 2013
State-run district says final list of schools reflects community input, needs
The Achievement School District (ASD) announced Thursday a final list of six failing schools that will become part of the state-run district next year and the charter operators who will be tasked with boosting their test scores.
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