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July 30, 2019
Clearer guidelines, more collaboration: New Memphis charter school policy approved
The existing policy had not been revised since 2011, when the district had 25 charter schools, less than half the 57 schools it authorizes now.
Diversity & Equity
February 22, 2019
New Memphis charter school guidelines would help decide if there are too many schools in a single neighborhood
Board members would be able to systematically slow the growth of charter schools in Memphis, which has swelled to 54 since their inception in 2002.
June 26, 2018
Memphis charter school closes after one year because of issues with nonprofit status, enrollment
Legacy Leadership Academy leaders decided to close the elementary school due to low enrollment and issues with the charter organization's nonprofit status.
February 2, 2018
Here are seven Memphis charter schools in danger of closing
Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those scoring low on Shelby County Schools' scorecard automatically begin a review process.
January 18, 2018
Hopson weighs charters as school turnaround tool for Shelby County Schools
The Memphis superintendent's comments hint at a potentially significant shift for a district that has battled openly with the charter sector over students.
December 5, 2016
Memphis plan looks at thorny challenges of school district sharing buildings with charter operators
A proposed guideline for charter operators’ use of buildings owned by Shelby County Schools is scheduled to go before the school board.
September 30, 2016
Memphis charter schools signal willingness to give up cash for better oversight
Talks in a group meant to foster collaboration between charters and the local district have turned to how much a compulsory fee should be — not if there should be one.
August 31, 2016
Meet the stakeholders setting the ground rules for Memphis’ growing charter sector
This 26-member advisory committee, launched in the spring, is developing a charter compact for Shelby County Schools.
July 12, 2016
The good, the bad and the so-so: What a new report says about Memphis charter schools
The first annual report on Shelby County Schools’ growing charter sector shows a mixed bag of performance and promises better ways to track quality.
May 9, 2016
Charter operators clamor for clearer rules after rapid school closure vote
The recent rush to close six more Memphis charter schools causes confusion for the sector, while also elevating pleas to establish clear criteria for such actions.
April 26, 2016
Six more Memphis schools to close; three others get one-year reprieve
The Board of Education for Shelby County Schools votes to close three more Memphis schools and revoke the charters of three others.
January 26, 2016
School board vote commits Shelby County’s district and charter sectors to trying to collaborate
The agreement commits both sectors to trying to work through some sticky issues, including ones about funding and facilities, but it does not actually resolve them.
September 8, 2015
Proposed ‘charter compact’ revived as Shelby County Schools seeks district-charter collaboration
Advocates of a proposal to set ground rules between the Shelby County school district and the Memphis area's charter schools are hoping the third try's the charm.
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