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Achievement School District
January 10, 2019
Aspire Memphis plans to spin off into its own charter organization, separate from the California group that founded it
The Memphis schools – and their 1,6000 students – would officially transition to a new organization at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year if the plan comes to fruition.
January 9, 2019
One in four students are chronically absent in Tennessee’s state-run district. Here’s what educators are doing about it.
The stakes are high for improving student attendance numbers.
January 3, 2019
District rehired former Memphis principal accused of planning to rig tests — then fired her six months later
Teacher advocates say Greer’s rehiring shows how the district finds ways to hold onto employees who have bad records.
December 21, 2018
From testing to leadership transitions, here are the stories that you read most in 2018
Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018.
December 20, 2018
Mayor Harris hires former superintendent to encourage Shelby County school systems to work together
Cedrick Gray is the former superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi and of Fayette County in Tennessee. He started his career in Memphis as a teacher.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
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.
Achievement School District
December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
back in action
December 3, 2018
It’s a ‘breath of fresh air’ to be back in school, Georgian Hills educators say after three weeks off following heating issues
On Monday morning, the elementary school in Frayser held classes for the first time since Nov. 13, when cold temperatures put the building’s boiler out of commission.
December 3, 2018
Tennessee’s turnaround district wins big chunk of $8.25 million grant for school improvement
Ten Tennessee schools will each receive $275,000 per year over three years.
By the numbers
November 14, 2018
Enrollment is up in Tennessee’s largest school district for second straight year
About 111,600 students are enrolled in Shelby County Schools, up about 2 percent from last year and higher than projected enrollment, according to district numbers.
November 13, 2018
Cold temps close Memphis state-run schools, highlighting bigger issue of repairing costly, aging buildings
Temperatures dipped below 35 degrees, and four schools in the Achievement School District opted to cancel classes because of boiler issues.
November 9, 2018
How do you turn around a district? Six months into her tenure, Sharon Griffin works to line up the basics.
Sharon Griffin said she’s been doubling down on improving the way the district functions – such as making sure the district is in compliance with federal and state grants, and that teachers have the certifications they need to teach certain courses. And that’s taken more time than expected.
October 26, 2018
As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system
In unified enrollment, each family across the city would fill out a common application listing their top choices and submit them electronically by the same deadline.
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