A state lawmaker is giving the Memphis-Shelby County school board time to devise an improvement plan before pursuing legislation to empower Gov. Bill Lee to appoint up to six new members to the locally elected body.

In addition to school choice, GOP plan seeks changes to public school testing, teacher evaluations

Governor, Senate, and House are at odds as details of legislation emerge

The Tennessee State Board of Education approved the calculation during a meeting Friday, but some members said lawmakers should take another look at the law for struggling readers.

The 2021 law that vexed third grade families last year offers fewer promotion pathways this year

Nine applicants met the state’s deadline for proposals to open a charter school in 2025

Memphis-Shelby County Schools board members chose Marie Feagins, ending the district’s first superintendent search in more than a decade.

Rep. Mark White cites prolonged frustration with the board’s locally elected leadership

Memphis-Shelby County Schools board members’ selection meeting signals an end to the tortuous search for a successor to former Superintendent Joris Ray, and the possibility of the first outside leader in more than a decade.

Legislative maneuver delays review and discussion about specifics.

Some Memphians say they will be listening for ways candidates may learn and lead in a new city.

No testing requirements, anti-discrimination language, or program evaluation plan are included.

Nearly 50 Memphis-Shelby County public schools would get new investments for their buildings or academic programming under a facility plan that district leaders are developing.

GOP lawmakers also want to conduct annual hearings into student testing requirements.

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    Some parents headed to the library to keep children engaged. ‘It felt good to just come out and see different people,’ said one mother.

    Lizzette Reynolds has a broad policy background, but no teaching experience.

    Williams cites the district’s infrastructure improvements as a key step, and calls on other community partners to pitch in.

    Meanwhile, state education chief says ESA program’s first test scores were disappointing.

    With another battle expected over vouchers, see what legislative leaders and advocates are saying.

    Leader of Tennessee school board group and a superintendent explain why they strongly denounced the updated A-F grading system and a proposed expansion of private-school vouchers.

    What did school communities face in 2023? Waning COVID relief funding, rising chronic absenteeism, and ChatGPT controversy, just to name a few.

    Three-quarters of schools earned a C or better under the new formula that stresses academic proficiency.

    A student-led call for more restrictive gun laws went unheard. Meanwhile, the state dialed up the pressure on public schools.

    Yolonda Brown, Marie Feagins, and Cheryl Proctor will face a round of in-depth interviews in January.

    How will they be calculated? Will they matter? Chalkbeat gives a preview.

    The five finalists are Yolonda Brown, Marie Feagins, Carlton Jenkins, Cheryl Proctor, and Angela Whitelaw.

    GOP leaders are expected to file bill by Jan. 9, when the legislature reconvenes.

    Barely a quarter of students who graduated high school in 2012 had earned a degree 10 years later.

    Educators don’t want to endorse the state’s culture wars, or get ensnared in them.

    Lee’s plan seeks to eliminate income requirements and change who could benefit.

    In order to maintain some of the academic strategies and programs supported by expiring pandemic relief funds, the district may reexamine how its schools are run.

    Fourteen schools had rates of 90% or higher. District officials credit tutoring, graduation coaches and other efforts.

    The pullout is the latest setback for efforts to overturn the controversial state law.