Nineteen people seeking seats in the Aug. 1 election answered questions from Chalkbeat and the public. Hear what they said.

We asked the 20 candidates for Memphis school board to tell us about their approach to the district’s strategic and facilities plans, plus ways they’d direct improvements for academic outcomes and remove barriers to learning. Here’s what they said.

46% proficiency rate is the highest since the state raised its academic standards in 2010.

Although position cuts in Memphis have been expected all year, details were sparse until a meeting Tuesday where board members pushed back on how Superintendent Marie Feagins has communicated to staff.

Replacement plans remain unclear, as Feagins reorganizes schools based on their state letter grade.

Former librarian will lead panel that could decide which titles students statewide can access.

The revised policy also requires more tutoring for struggling readers who advance to fifth grade.

The goal is for students and teachers to develop a richer understanding of Memphis’ pivotal role in American history, at a time when discussions of race are constrained by state law.

Daniel Kiel, whose documentary chronicled the ‘Memphis 13,’ sees vouchers and ‘colorblind’ policies eroding progress on desegregation.

Ruby Bridges, who lost a son to a shooting in 2005, says the letter from 11-year-old Ben Williams resonated with her.

Maintenance projects for existing Memphis schools will take priority, Feagins says.

The increase could make open teaching positions more attractive, especially to staffers whose positions may be eliminated.

Lawmakers send bill to the governor, who signaled that he'll sign it

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    Feagins expects the board to approve the new plan in September, following the Aug. 1 election.

    Tennessee lawmakers voted this week to approve the proposal, but it threatens to disrupt an existing contract between the university and Memphis-Shelby County Schools.

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    Century-old Humes was operated as a charter under the state’s unraveling Achievement School District.

    Student testing is a sticking point as legislative leaders seek a compromise.

    A Council of the Great City Schools leader said the team could be used as a model for other new superintendents

    Charter networks, both inside and outside the state, are tracking the legislation.

    ‘People were damn mad,’ said one spectator who was asked to leave the chamber.

    A consultant for Juvenile Court found that just half of students were attending class, and that the curriculum didn’t keep them on track for graduation.

    After a colleague at her school left her job, Missy Testerman worried about who would advocate for immigrant families. So she switched gears in her educational career to fill the gap.

    Meanwhile, new attempts to tighten the state’s lax gun laws fizzle.

    GOP leaders acknowledge that the Achievement School District district had failed in its turnaround mission.

    The three-minute computer-generated video, created by an anti-abortion group, has drawn concern from major medical organizations and sparked controversy in state legislatures in Tennessee and elsewhere.

    Board members say the provisions in Marie Feagins’ agreement were necessary to protect the district.

    Proposed legislation is meant to ‘expand what’s working,’ according to Memphis Rep. Mark White, the bill’s sponsor.