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July 12, 2016
Will this digital library be an equity game-changer for Tennessee schools?
Launched by the Tennessee School Boards Association, a new library offers free digital resources for 14 high school courses.
Politics & Policy
July 16, 2014
Board debates whether money or academics should determine charter school expansion
Shelby County Schools board granted a lease to a new charter consortium with no academic record because it was willing to pay more money than a charter school with five years of proven academic results. The decision brought into sharp relief the need for a coherent district policy toward charter schools, according to board members and the superintendent.
June 18, 2014
Shelby County School Board has lengthy discussion about missing equipment, passes self-evaluation
Shelby County Schools board members debated the need for stronger accountability measures for tracking equipment and property that belongs to the district during Wednesday’s special called…
June 3, 2014
Shelby County Commission approves second reading for school board pay raise
On Monday, the Shelby County Commission approved a pay increase for school board members that’s higher than the current pay, but not quite the $25,000…
Shelby County Schools
April 23, 2014
Shelby County Schools board cuts $240 million in spending
The Shelby County Schools board unanimously passed a budget Tuesday night that slashed more than $240 million in spending and 4,563 positions from the district.
February 26, 2014
Shelby County School Board votes to close 10 schools at charged meeting
After nearly a year of planning, two months of intense community engagement, and four hours of meeting, it became official: Shelby County Schools will close 10 schools in Memphis before the 2014-15 school year, in the largest single school round of closures in the city's recent history.
February 21, 2014
Plans for selective school in Fairview building prompt questions about meeting needs of all students
Less than an hour after Shelby County Schools announced a new principal for its highly-anticipated new optional STEAM school in midtown Memphis, board members raised concerns about plans to require all students to meet a certain academic threshold to attend the school.
December 10, 2013
Shelby County administrators say missing items in audit worth less than $5 million
Shelby County administrators told board members today that the missing items cited in a scathing audit last week were only worth about ten percent of the estimated $48 million.
November 27, 2013
Teach For America contract in Memphis area approved, despite concerns
Shelby County's merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night's board meeting, despite concerns about the program's recruitment fee.
November 20, 2013
Shelby County board members debate role of Teach For America in Memphis schools
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Shelby County board members and superintendent Dorsey Hopson debated the role of Teach For America in Memphis schools. The…
November 19, 2013
Shelby County board approves building transfers, settlement with two suburban districts
Shelby County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer five school buildings to two of the six suburban cities that plan to break away from…
October 28, 2013
Shelby board approves plan to keep students after municipalities break off
Shelby County's school board proceeded with a controversial plan Monday to keep more than a thousand students and four schools from being absorbed by six municipal districts set to open next school year. The board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that would allow the superintendent to lease several buildings to the municipalities. The resolution also allows the administration to begin planning to serve more than 1,000 students who live in Memphis but attend schools in the municipalities. Board members devised the plan to cushion the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. By holding on to the students, Shelby would also hold on to the per-pupil funding that follows them. Board member David Pickler voted against the resolution and board member David Reaves abstained from the vote. Pickler, Reaves, and dozens of Germantown residents in attendance Monday argued that the public didn't have enough time to vet the resolution and express their opinion before the board voted.
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