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January 15, 2019
Memphis plan would expand turnaround program, screen all first-graders for gifted education
The recommendations are the first from the district’s new chief academic officer, Antonio Burt, who was appointed in September.
January 9, 2019
Memphis principal demoted over grade changes will not be reinstated
The dispute between the district and Smith boils down to how principals show evidence of changes to student grades.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
Achievement School District
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.
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.
August 13, 2018
Coaching will be key as Griffin adds two from Memphis iZone to state district team
Here are the members of Sharon Griffin's new leadership team for the Achievement School District.
July 31, 2018
Leaders of Tennessee’s state-run district call test scores ‘sobering,’ ask educators for new energy
“High school principals, you have the hardest job," Sharon Griffin said. "This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to tackle the issues. But a double-digit gain this year is what we need to be on track again.”
June 19, 2018
After five years, the Tennessee-run district isn’t performing any better than low-performing schools receiving no intervention, research says
The study compares Tennessee's state-run district with other and found that average test scores “before and after the reform is no different from the difference during the same period for comparison schools.”
April 10, 2018
A proposed budget for Memphis schools comes out this week. Here’s what we know so far.
The budget so far doesn’t include any major new initiatives as the district circles its wagons to strengthen strategies already in place.
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.
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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.
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