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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.
Movers and shakers
July 26, 2018
Veteran Memphis educator to focus on academics, data in new role at Frayser charter organization
Brett Lawson joins Frayser Community Schools after 23 years working in Memphis public schools.
April 25, 2018
Tennessee’s struggling state-run district just hired the ‘LeBron James’ of school turnaround work
Sharon Griffin’s new job is to better the state’s Achievement School District and use her experience to strengthen the relationships with local districts across the state.
April 12, 2018
New leader at Memphis state-run school ‘best candidate’ despite domestic assault conviction
A panel of eight community members selected Rodney Peterson as the new principal of Westside Achievement Middle School. He served a year probation for assaulting his former wife in Boston in 2011.
March 21, 2018
Rhode Island school improvement leader among finalists to head Tennessee’s turnaround district
A Rhode Island school innovator meets with Memphis education stakeholders as a finalist to lead the Achievement School District.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
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.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
August 1, 2017
Two state-run Memphis schools to start late due to roof damage
Students at Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School will be relocated to nearby Frayser Achievement Elementary until the roof can be replaced.
The Fine Print
March 27, 2017
Why charter operators exiting Tennessee’s turnaround district can walk away
Even after signing contracts, two charter operators are preparing to exit three Memphis schools in the Achievement School District.
January 31, 2017
Achievement School District opts for new charter operator over closing Memphis Humes
ASD and state leaders give Frayser Community Schools the green light to run the under-enrolled North Memphis charter school.
Wanting the ball
January 11, 2017
Why one Memphis charter operator thinks it can save an ASD school from closing
Founder Bobby White believes Frayser Community Schools has what it takes to save Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School.
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.
May 24, 2016
ASD, Shelby County Schools try collaboration for a change
The leaders of Shelby County Schools and Tennessee's Achievement School District discuss turning a Memphis school slated for state takeover into an iZone school.
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