Rise & Shine: McQueen says more school takeovers likely in Memphis and Nashville
On her way out the door, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says she will recommend her successor add more Memphis and Nashville schools to the state-run Achievement School District. The state's most drastic tool in school turnaround has not proven to be effective. In fact, recent research has shown schools in the district are no better off than schools that received no intervention. Still, McQueen says underperforming schools that have languished for years need a change — and she believes the ASD's new leader, Sharon Griffin, will make a difference. Read more in this exclusive story by Chalkbeat statehouse correspondent Marta W. Aldrich.
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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 state sees “dramatic changes” in those schools this school year. Chalkbeat
SCORE This just announced: The longtime leader of one of Tennessee’s most influential education advocacy organizations is stepping down and will be succeeded by her chief lieutenant. Chalkbeat
IN THE CLASSROOM This Memphis teacher wanted to make learning physics more engaging, so he created a website. Now it’s used in 40 countries. Chalkbeat
CAMPUS SCHOOL The University of Memphis board of trustees votes to move forward with a new campus middle school. The proposal is scheduled to go before the Shelby County Schools board in January. Daily Memphian
The university’s elementary school educates the highest percent of white students from affluent families in the district. University leaders want the middle school to be more diverse, but hasn’t made an effort in its existing school. Chalkbeat (Nov. 7)
BUILDING BRIDGES Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris likely will name his education liaison by the end of the month. Daily Memphian
SURPLUS PROPERTY Shelby County’s school board is asked to transfer ownership of a vacant middle school building to the county. WMC
TRAGEDY AFTERMATH Funeral expenses are covered for the family of a 9-year-old who died this week when a bus carrying dozens of Memphis youth football players overturned in Arkansas. The Commercial Appeal
BULLYING An online petition demands that bullying stop at a Germantown high school after a student there took his own life. WREG
BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Nashville Mayor David Briley proposes a $1 million investment to boost college graduation rates. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio, The Associated Press
The program seeks to fill the gaps for Nashville students from low-income families who can’t cover the gaps for school supplies while enrolled in community college under the Tennessee Promise scholarship. Find out how to take advantage of the program. The Tennessean
Incoming undergraduate students at the University of Memphis receive a promise that their tuition won’t increase for four years. The Commercial Appeal
MOVERS & SHAKERS The former chief operating officer for the city of Chattanooga joins the finance department for Hamilton County Schools. Times Free Press
STRATEGIC PLAN A new performing arts center and making counselors more accessible to students are on the horizon for Franklin Special Schools. The Tennessean
STEM COSTS Fans of a STEM school in northeast Tennessee speak out against its possible closure to save money. Kingsport Times-News
SUPE SEARCHES Denver’s four-month search for a new leader was not the shortest among recent similar large city districts — but it was the most expensive. Chalkbeat
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At Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s last regular school board meeting at the helm, board chair ShanteAvant read a two-page proclamation on his tenure, followed by a standing ovation.