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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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1 week ago
The Interrelation of Education and Mass Incarceration, Memphis
2 days ago
Here’s a first look into Memphis school budget priorities under Joris Ray
Even though the board is about to hire a national search firm to look for a new superintendent, Ray has not been shy about pushing through initiatives.
3 days ago
Memphis Lift Parent Listening Tour
Memphis Lift, a parent advocacy organization, is hosting a series of meetings around the city to hear from parents about education issues most important to…
3 days ago
How Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal differs from previous attempts
One big difference is how much of private school tuition would be covered.
March 20, 2019
Rise & Shine: Voucher bill clears first hurdle in state legislature
FIRST VOTE Legislation that would create a new type of voucher program in Tennessee advanced Tuesday in the first skirmish of what likely will be…
March 19, 2019
Gov. Lee’s voucher proposal will help families pay for private school. But will black Memphis students go where they were historically shunned?
These parents are hesitant to trust predominately white private schools, even if they believe the education system might be better.
March 18, 2019
Rise & Shine: Who will benefit most from Gov. Lee’s vouchers proposal?
DOUBLE TAKE Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed school voucher program, expected the cost up to $75 million in its first year, has left some Tennesseans wondering…
March 15, 2019
Tennesseans consider Gov. Lee’s vouchers proposal — and wonder who will benefit most
The plan would make families of four earning up to about $92,000 — more than double Memphis’ median income — eligible for $7,300 in taxpayer money.
March 14, 2019
Rise & Shine: Presidential contender coming to a Memphis school Sunday
CAMPAIGN STOP Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren will make an early campaign stop in Memphis on Sunday at Douglass High School. Daily Memphian,…
March 12, 2019
Teachers are ‘ready to fight,’ says new Tennessee coalition inspired by strikes in other states
A new coalition seeks grassroot support to gauge whether Tennessee teachers are ready for collective action.
March 7, 2019
Rise & Shine: Governor’s voucher plan generates more questions than answers
DETAILS PLEASE Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far. Chalkbeat…
March 5, 2019
Memphis school leaders consider proposal to hold back second-graders who can’t read
Interim superintendent Joris Ray said the policy would ensure what he calls “the third-grade guarantee.”
March 5, 2019
Some low-performing charter schools would be spared from closure under Tennessee bill
The bill allows school boards to put low-performing charter schools on an improvement plan instead of closing them.
March 4, 2019
Four months into Memphis superintendent search, here’s a look at recent searches in Tennessee
The average length of recent superintendent searches for Tennessee’s largest districts was about 14 months.
March 4, 2019
Rezoning meeting: Germantown Middle to Highland Oaks Middle, Memphis
Shelby County Schools is considering several partial rezonings to allow about 3,200 students districtwide to attend a school closer to home. This community meeting…
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