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Freedom Preparatory Academy
10 hours ago
Only one applicant meets Memphis board’s new policy for opening charter schools
The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in Cordova next fall. At least two applicants said they plan to appeal.
July 29, 2019
In a reversal, Memphis charter network to stay with Tennessee’s state district (for now)
Three weeks after a Memphis charter announced it would pull its school from the state-run Achievement District, officials say they've reached a temporary agreement.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
June 26, 2019
Shelby County Schools rejects 11 Memphis charter school applications
The denials at Tuesday night’s board meeting were not unexpected.
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.
June 15, 2018
What would these students tell newly trained teachers? ‘Be woke’
Respect for others, being resourceful, and confronting biases are among the lessons four high-school-age students wanted to convey during a panel discussion for…
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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.
How I Teach
April 13, 2018
Why this Memphis history teacher seeks to create a ‘calming slice of Africa’ in his classroom
How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. You…
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.
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