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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.
October 8, 2014
Teresa Jones, SCS new board chairwoman discusses priorities, goals
When Shelby County School Board member Teresa Jones was unanimously voted as the new chairwoman on September 30, she promised to be a hard worker and…
September 30, 2014
Jones elected to serve SCS school board chair
The Shelby County School Board voted Teresa Jones, an attorney for the city of Memphis, to serve as their chair at Tuesday’s meeting. The board chair guides board discussions and often…
September 19, 2014
Hopson says he is committed to compromise with teachers on evaluation dispute
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II is willing to work with teachers about their concerns in the revised classroom observation model. Teachers want an appeals process and changes to the requirements to receive the highest score.
September 16, 2014
After meeting with Hopson, teachers’ advocate doubtful evaluation will change
Shelby County School teachers and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II met on Tuesday to discuss concerns they mentioned during the August board meeting. Teachers want Hopson to reconsider changes made to the teacher evaluation process they believe will make it harder to receive the highest score and does not give teachers the chance to appeal a score.
September 15, 2014
University of Memphis losing students to fast-track teacher programs
The University of Memphis is losing education graduate students to alternative teacher certification programs, Teach for America and Memphis Teacher Residency, which offer an expedited path…
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September 11, 2014
After shuffling, SCS administrators reduce teacher layoffs by 178
Shelby County Schools is now cutting 42 teaching positions, not the initial 220 that it estimated earlier this week, administrators said in a board meeting…
September 10, 2014
Because of missed enrollment projections, more than 220 teachers could be laid off
Shelby County Schools overestimated its student enrollment by 4,000 students, which means 220 fewer positions will be available. The district said the goal is to keep the cuts away from classroom teachers, but as many as 100 could be placed on the rehiring list for principals to interview during a hiring fair next week.
September 9, 2014
Five ways White House Director David Johns wants to help black students succeed
Mayor A C Wharton announced similar plans to raise the quality of life and achievement for the city's young African-American and Hispanic menthrough an initiative called "Inspiring Young Men of Color." The local program will bring together leaders from non-profits, businesses and schools to study the literacy, health and criminal justice barriers non-white students in Memphis face.
September 3, 2014
Hopson to meet again with teacher evaluation committee
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson reached out to teachers in the district, many who are concerned about the district's new evaluation model and the pay increases tied to classroom performance.
August 29, 2014
After impasse over teacher evaluation, committee disbanded, teacher says
The final draft of the evaluation, one Box said she nor other members on the committee did not approve, has caused angry protests from teachers throughout the district and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson scrambling to smooth relations with his largest body of employees.
August 27, 2014
Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work
On Wednesday, the district's communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences.
August 18, 2014
Shelby County likely to stick with TCAP practice tests, even as Nashville drops them
Shelby County Schools wants to extend its contract with Discovery Education Assessments, a company that aims to predict student performance on state tests, even after the state’s second-largest school district recently dumped the program.
August 15, 2014
Displaced by job cuts and school closings, Shelby County teachers share stories of frustration
Memphis-Shelby County Education Association has filed two lawsuits on behalf of displaced and excessed teachers who were not placed in positions by the district.
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