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Freedom Preparatory Academy
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
July 11, 2018
Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this school year
All of the schools opening are charter schools, as are most of the closures.
work hard play hard
May 16, 2018
Memphis teachers share basketball, even if they don’t share a district
The teachers, mostly black men, have turned it into a networking opportunity as well as a way to let off steam.
May 3, 2018
Did Tennessee offload too much blame for TNReady testing woes onto a dump truck?
The troubles that at least two school districts had connecting to Tennessee’s online testing system were not related to a slashed cable, the internet provider says.
May 2, 2018
Inside a Memphis school dealing with the fallout of TNReady problems
Student anxiety, last-minute schedule changes, and hour-long holds with customer service hotline were common.
April 4, 2018
See who wants to open a charter school in Memphis in 2019
Ten charter organizations applied to Shelby County Schools ahead of the April 2 deadline to open 18 schools in 2019.
How I Teach
March 30, 2018
How one Memphis teacher brings the lessons of MLK to life – and how his students teach him back
Kyle Grady, a 12th-grade government and economics teacher, said the activism he has seen among his students has been inspiring.
Business of education
January 26, 2018
Three things that school districts can do to boost minority businesses
School systems are typically among the largest employers in town and also award millions of dollars worth of business contracts.
October 11, 2017
KIPP launches collaborative with Memphis charters to improve literacy results
Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have adopted the KIPP Wheatley curriculum.
August 22, 2017
Smaller cohort of charter schools to open in Memphis in 2018
The school board's vote comes just months after the district overhauled its charter school office to strengthen oversight of the growing sector.
August 7, 2017
Memphis students are back in school. Here are seven things to know about the upcoming year.
Many changes are at play across Shelby County Schools, Tennessee’s largest district.
May 18, 2017
How one Memphis charter school’s ACT scores jumped 2.6 points in one year
In Freedom Preparatory Academy's inaugural graduating class, all 50 seniors are headed to college.
How I Teach
December 1, 2016
How I Teach: From philosophy professor to high school government teacher
Memphis charter school teacher Kyle Grady on getting students to connect with the material and developing critical thinking skills.
August 29, 2016
With a charter comes the search for school space. Here’s how one Memphis operator is doing it.
Freedom Preparatory Academy is in the process of buying the former Lakeview Elementary School and operates four charter schools in Memphis.
Updated July 8, 2015
Memphis’ newest teacher training school launches next week
After its failed partnership with the University of Memphis, Relay Graduate School of Education opens on its own and introduces a new style of teacher preparation.
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.
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