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May 16, 2019
Aspire wants to leave Memphis but keep its four schools open. What will that look like?
Four months after a California charter operator decided to hand off its Memphis schools, a transition plan sheds light on what exactly the spin-off could look like.
May 9, 2019
Tennessee’s state-run district has a new look. Here’s why the Achievement School District invested in rebranding.
The Achievement School District underwent an$11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin.
May 2, 2019
Tennessee charter leaders say special education funding could get shortchanged in governor’s new budget
Every charter leader in the Achievement School District signed a letter requesting that Gov. Bill Lee reconsider cuts to the allocation for priority school state grants for next year.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
April 18, 2019
Longtime Memphian Bobby White out as official at state-run turnaround district
Bobby White joined the achievement district in 2016 as the chief of external affairs.
March 29, 2019
One parent’s voice is the start of renewed focus on parent engagement for Tennessee’s turnaround district
“We have to create a committee that as we make decisions we hear from you,” Achievement School District leader Sharon Griffin told the one parent in attendance.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s education chief talks accountability during visits to Memphis turnaround schools
Here's what Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn had to say about the Achievement School District in Memphis.
March 21, 2019
Griffin: Higher standards, more certified teachers and better K-2 instructors are top priorities for Tennessee’s turnaround district
Sharon Griffin is ready to make some sweeping changes in the Achievement School District’s 30 charter schools.
March 12, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline
This middle school, a part of the Achievement School District, has cut its suspension rate in half this school year.
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
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