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November 6, 2019
What Memphis can learn from Florida’s third-grade retention law as a similar policy goes into effect in 2021
There are key differences between the Florida law and the Memphis reading retention policy because of a top official who spent two years in Florida schools.
October 31, 2019
Memphis kindergarten students will be the first affected by a new retention policy in second grade. Here’s how it works.
The policy takes effect during the 2021-22 school year, which gives Shelby County Schools about two years to bolster its literacy efforts and educate the community.
June 26, 2019
Here’s who Joris Ray is leaning on to lead Memphis schools — and how much they are paid
Superintendent Joris Ray’s cabinet with its 16 members is larger than the leadership team under Dorsey Hopson — though fewer report directly to Ray.
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.”
January 15, 2019
Memphis plan would expand turnaround program, screen all first-graders for gifted education
The recommendations are the first from the district’s new chief academic officer, Antonio Burt, who was appointed in September.
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September 25, 2018
School turnaround leader promoted to oversee all academics in Memphis schools
After nearly two years without an academic chief, Shelby County Schools has promoted its assistant superintendent of low-performing schools to the position.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
Student & School Performance
August 20, 2018
Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level
Only three schools in the iZone have more than 20 percent of students reading on grade level.
September 13, 2017
Memphis’ new iZone chief shares his data-driven plan for fixing struggling schools
Antonio Burt returns to Memphis as assistant superintendent over the program where he started as a turnaround principal.
July 17, 2017
Former Memphis principal will lead iZone, turnaround work for Shelby County Schools
Antonio Burt returns to Memphis as assistant superintendent of priority schools and iZone schools.
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