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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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2 months ago
Amplified U: Education Equity Conference 2019, Memphis
Campaign for School Equity is hosting its inaugural conference on education equity to celebrate and empower our students’ efforts to transform schools in our communities.
3 days ago
Memphis school leaders plan to ask the county for at least an additional $10 million for next school year
The 2019-20 budget is the first for Superintendent Joris Ray, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and a majority of the 13-member county commission.
May 16, 2019
Rise & Shine: What some groups say are most needed in Memphis schools
SCHOOL FINANCE A group of Memphis teachers are pushing district and county leaders for report card translations, additional support staff to help traumatized students, and…
May 15, 2019
Advocacy groups push for Spanish translations, emotional support, and better facilities at Memphis schools
District officials and county commissioners at the meeting said they agreed with the teachers’ requests in principle, though they sometimes differed on specifics.
May 15, 2019
Rescheduled: SCS is 901, Memphis
Shelby County Schools is hosting a free night of food, fun, and live performances at the Levitt Shell for the debut of a story series…
May 14, 2019
New Memphis program encourages more students to pursue careers in construction
The after-school program is Gov. Bill Lee’s latest push to train more high school students to enter careers straight out of high school.
May 9, 2019
Rise & Shine: The voucher bill’s fine print you probably didn’t know about
THE FINE PRINT Here are five things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation. Chalkbeat SCHOOL PAY Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, backed by…
May 9, 2019
The Road to Teaching Reception, Memphis
Aspiring teachers are invited to a special reception with Superintendent Joris Ray to learn more about how Shelby County Schools can help them become a…
May 8, 2019
Shelby County Schools 2019-20 budget community meeting, Memphis
School board members and other Shelby County Schools leaders are hosting a series of info sessions about the 2019-20 budget process. Parents, employees and community…
May 7, 2019
A year after student walkouts, there’s some progress, but Memphis teens still don’t feel heard
Shelby County Schools is considering adding a non-voting student member to the school board after students said they want more voice in decisions.
May 6, 2019
Rise & Shine: Nashville teachers call out sick in protest of mayor’s budget
PROTEST More than 1,400 Metro Nashville Public School teachers and staff call out “sick” in protest of Mayor Briley’s proposed education budget. The Tennessean…
May 2, 2019
Three Memphis charters spared from closure under new state law, while former superintendent plans to appeal decision to close one of his schools
A charter school leader running for mayor plans to appeal Shelby County Schools’ decision to close one of his schools after he said board members used a double standard.
May 2, 2019
Rise & Shine: Voucher bill aimed at Memphis and Nashville finalized
HIGH DRAMA Tennessee’s General Assembly passed a compromise education voucher bill on Wednesday targeting only students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities and potentially…
May 1, 2019
What persuaded Memphis’ school board members to quickly name Joris Ray superintendent
Firing two cabinet members, and standing up to the governor against vouchers were some of the reasons given by board members on what swayed them to vote for Joris Ray.
April 30, 2019
Abandoning national search, Memphis school board hires Joris Ray as next superintendent
The board's unanimous resolution called Joris Ray an “exceedingly qualified candidate,” and said a national search would cost the district valuable time and resources.
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