Memphis-Shelby County Schools

Deciding what to do with MSCS buildings will be a top priority for the incoming Memphis school board after the Aug. 1 election. Here’s what candidates said about a sweeping new facilities plan.

The plan prioritizes addressing staff shortages in the classroom, but cuts jobs in other areas.

Memphis schools show gains, but remain well behind statewide figures. See how your district performed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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