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May 10, 2018
Academic leader of Tennessee’s achievement schools finalist for Massachusetts district’s top job
Verna Ruffin was named one of two finalists to lead Lawrence, Ma. schools.
Achievement School District
February 27, 2018
Tennessee seeks to combine two state-run elementary schools in Memphis
Tennessee’s school turnaround district wants to combine two of its elementary schools due to enrollment woes and poor building conditions.
February 1, 2018
State turnaround district ready to hand off Memphis middle school to charter
Students at Westside Achievement Middle School likely will start next school year under a new operator.
January 24, 2018
State-run district proposes shifting Memphis middle school to homegrown charter group
The proposed change would keep Westside Achievement Middle School in the state-run Achievement School District but take it out of the district’s direct management.
on the ground
May 8, 2017
In Memphis neighborhood hit hardest by ASD cuts, residents worry changes could hurt their students
State officials promise the job cuts won’t hit classrooms at Achievement Schools in Frayser, but residents aren't sure.
Updated May 5, 2017
To cut costs, Tennessee’s Achievement School District slashes staff
The state-run Achievement School District is cutting about half of its 59 staff members tasked with overseeing the five Memphis schools it operates directly.
January 17, 2017
The ASD once said it could save these two Memphis schools. Why is its own operator now walking away?
New developments in the Achievement School District's efforts to turn around schools point to deeper challenges in improving Memphis schools.
December 5, 2016
Two charter operators are interested in running Gestalt’s ASD schools in Memphis
Leaders for Frayser Community Schools and the ASD’s own Achievement Schools have expressed interest in operating the two North Memphis schools.
October 26, 2015
Three charter networks apply to operate five Memphis schools
Three charter networks have applied to expand next year in Memphis as part of the state's takeover and charter conversion of five low-performing schools.
October 21, 2015
In Memphis, charter networks face the challenge of connecting with school communities
While community input is key to the state's new strategy for turning around chronically underperforming schools in Memphis, getting parents to engage is a challenge.
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