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April 11, 2019
The Memphis school board is divided on next steps for hiring a superintendent. Here’s what could happen.
About five months after former superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced he would step down, the school board is not much further in finding his replacement.
getting to school
February 26, 2019
Study coming on free bus passes for Memphis high school students
Students said reliable transportation to and from school, and to jobs and after-school programs would reduce stress and help curb behavior problems.
February 22, 2019
New Memphis charter school guidelines would help decide if there are too many schools in a single neighborhood
Board members would be able to systematically slow the growth of charter schools in Memphis, which has swelled to 54 since their inception in 2002.
getting to school
January 30, 2019
Free bus passes for all high school students? A Memphis school board member wants to make that a reality.
The proposal was based on student recommendations on how to reduce suspensions and expulsions in the district.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
October 23, 2018
Memphis school board postpones closing seven charter schools
The delay is a rare concession for a school board that has been quick to close charter schools that are not meeting state standards.
Follow the money
July 17, 2018
Here’s who is giving money to Memphis school board candidates — and not all of it is local
For the first time in four years, one school board candidate has attracted campaign money from groups outside the state interested in seeing changes in…
December 6, 2017
Inequities of ‘tent city’ would persist online under plan for applying to Memphis’ most popular schools
The mostly first-come, first-serve approach would still challenge parents without digital access or with inflexible schedules.
November 10, 2017
Memphis philanthropists sponsor a trip to Indianapolis for school board members
Indianapolis’ school board has supported the transition to a “portfolio” model where district control is decentralized and various entities directly operate schools.
sending a message
August 21, 2017
Memphis school board leader wants to declare that ‘all are welcome here’
Teresa Jones wants the school board to officially go on the record and commit to protecting Shelby County Schools' undocumented students and their families.
June 14, 2016
Shelby County Schools says it needs to close more schools. Here are 25 that are at risk.
As the district embarks on a process to cut costs by closing schools, two dozen Memphis schools already have three strikes against them.
May 31, 2016
Hopson: Not enough time to switch Memphis school from ASD to iZone
Citing time constraints, the leader of Shelby County Schools backs away from potential collaboration with the Achievement School District on Raleigh-Egypt Middle School.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
December 1, 2014
District uses federal grant to reward teachers at hard to staff schools
Teachers at 14 Shelby County Schools will receive $2,000 to $3,000 in bonuses for helping students meet or exceed achievement goals on state tests during the 2013-14…
October 21, 2014
SCS hires Heidi Ramirez, former Milwaukee CAO
Heidi Ramirez, a former Chief Academic Officer with the Milwaukee Public Schools, is a finalist in Shelby County Schools' search for its next academic officer. Ramirez has worked in education reform, specifically with charter operators in previous roles.
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