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Laura Faith Kebede
Laura Faith Kebede covers Memphis schools. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and most recently covered county government, schools and religion at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.
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City University Boys charter school appeals to Tennessee board to stay open
A small middle school for boys has appealed the decision of Shelby County Schools not to renew its 10-year charter. City University Schools filed…
December 14, 2018
Even as suspensions fall, Memphis students are being kicked out of school longer, data shows
In one extreme example, a single high school issued one expulsion for every six students.
December 13, 2018
Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools picks an in-house interim superintendent
MOVERS & SHAKERS Joris Ray, who started his 22-year career as a teacher in Memphis schools, will be the interim superintendent for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat,…
December 12, 2018
District chief Joris Ray named Memphis schools’ interim leader
Joris Ray, who started his 22-year career as a teacher in Memphis schools, will be the interim superintendent for Shelby County Schools. The school board…
December 11, 2018
Plan for Memphis schools would fold 28 old schools into 10 new ones
If implemented, the plan could take up to 10 years, impact some 15,000 students, and could cost the district at least $700 million in building costs.
December 10, 2018
Hopson will leave a blueprint to consolidate more schools. Here’s what you need to know.
If trends hold true for Hopson’s final recommendations, four schools would be at the top of the list for consolidation.
December 6, 2018
Rise & Shine: McQueen says more school takeovers likely in Memphis and Nashville
FINAL ACT Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says she’ll recommend that Tennessee’s Achievement School District take over more low-performing schools in Memphis and Nashville unless the…
December 4, 2018
Memphis school board softens request to reform state’s troubled TNReady test
The board governing Tennessee’s largest school district is asking state legislators to rely less on the standardized test known as TNReady, which has endured a…
December 4, 2018
Memphis board votes to close City University Boys Preparatory charter school
After 10 years, City University Boys Preparatory will close at the end of the academic year. Shelby County Schools recommended closure of the middle…
December 3, 2018
Rise & Shine: A third of operators in state-run district have new leaders this year
MOVERS & SHAKERS Four of the 12 charter school organizations in Tennessee’s Achievement School District, which is focused on turning around low-performing schools, are under…
November 29, 2018
Rise & Shine: Parents worry temporary closure of Memphis school will backtrack progress
BUILDING WOES Memphis parents are worried being out of school because of a broken heater will backtrack on some of the progress made at Georgian…
November 27, 2018
Public will weigh in as district recommends closing one charter school, renewing three
This isn’t the first time City University’s school for boys has been in danger of closing.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
November 20, 2018
Memphis schools chief Dorsey Hopson calls his work ‘a remarkable journey,’ but seeks new career at health care giant
Prior to his departure, the school board expects to name an interim before the district breaks for the winter holidays, giving the panel time to seek a permanent replacement, said board chair Shante Avant.
November 15, 2018
Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit
Tennessee’s top education chief is leaving state government. Candice McQueen will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in January.
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