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July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
April 30, 2018
President of Christian Brothers University talks future of Memphis charters, DACA, and his role in it all
Christian Brothers University President John Smarrelli sees his new work in the K-12 charter sector as explicitly connected to his role as a university leader.
April 6, 2017
‘Nobody wins’ when immigrants are blocked from college, says Memphis author
Daniel Connolly, who has reported extensively on immigration issues, talks about opportunities for America's immigrant students.
October 19, 2016
Teen poetry slam winner from Memphis shares why she writes
Kyla Lewis is a senior at GRAD Academy and recently won $1,000 in the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
August 31, 2016
Teacher Town leader: Why it takes more than a good education to pull kids out of poverty
Tosha Downey recently was featured in TEDxMemphis, an independently organized event to highlight and share ideas from Memphis movers and shakers.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
May 2, 2016
iZone chief Sharon Griffin on fixing Memphis’ most challenging schools
A Q&A on school turnaround strategies that work, the challenges of urban education, the importance of coaching and supporting principals and teachers, and more.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
June 15, 2015
Tennessee’s 2015 Teacher of the Year on teaching economically disadvantaged students in Memphis
Fourth-grade Memphis teacher Karen Vogelsang describes the joys and challenges of teaching in a district where 70 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.
May 18, 2015
Stanford-bound senior from Memphis Melrose talks about his public education and how students can defy the odds
Dellarontay Readus discusses how he overcame frequent moves and academic challenges to earn a full scholarship to one of the nation's premier universities.
April 7, 2015
Chris Barbic on leading Tennessee’s Achievement School District and its daunting turnaround task
In an interview with Chalkbeat, the leader of the state's school turnaround district talks about the challenging work of changing the trajectory for struggling schools and the lessons he's learned.
January 22, 2015
Candice McQueen on her challenges and goals as Tennessee’s new education commissioner
The former classroom teacher talks about her admiration for teachers, as well the many complex issues awaiting her time and attention.
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