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December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
October 19, 2018
Two more Denver schools win additional freedom from district rules
The schools will create a new “innovation zone,” bringing the district’s number of quasi-autonomous zones to three.
who is in charge
September 25, 2018
School turnaround leader promoted to oversee all academics in Memphis schools
After nearly two years without an academic chief, Shelby County Schools has promoted its assistant superintendent of low-performing schools to the position.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
August 20, 2018
Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level
Only three schools in the iZone have more than 20 percent of students reading on grade level.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
June 29, 2018
Whitehaven High principal will no longer lead Memphis school improvement program he started
Vincent Hunter will return to overseeing one school, Whitehaven High School.
a different model
June 15, 2018
Denver expands its experiment with more autonomous ‘innovation zones’
Innovation zones represent a different way of managing schools that is somewhere between the traditional approach and that of charter schools.
April 24, 2018
Board approves merging two Whitehaven schools into K-8 amidst parent division
Manor Lake Elementary School will close and students will be assigned to Geeter Middle School, which is about a half-mile away.
March 23, 2018
Hopson asks state to let struggling Memphis school remain with local district
The superintendent submits a list of reasons why the state should hold off on its intervention plan at American Way Middle School.
March 1, 2018
McQueen: If Memphis school leaders won’t convert American Way to a charter, the state will
The commissioner's comments come two days after Memphis leaders voted to move American Way Middle School into its highly regarded Innovation Zone.
taking a stance
February 27, 2018
Memphis leaders urge state to stay out of their school improvement work
Shelby County Schools plans to move one school to its Innovation Zone and declines the state’s recommendation to close another.
February 20, 2018
These Denver schools want to join the district’s ‘innovation zone’ or form new zones
Innovation zones are often described as a “third way” to govern public schools.
a 'third way'
February 5, 2018
Denver wants to expand its ‘innovation zone’ even as big money questions remain
Two years after the zone was created, its leaders are asking for even more financial freedom.
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