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Memphis Education Fund
February 6, 2019
Citing appearance of ‘bias,’ Memphis board members plan to reject philanthropy offer to pay for superintendent search
The recommendation of the superintendent evaluation committee will go before the full board during a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
January 30, 2019
Memphis philanthropies ‘interested’ in paying for superintendent search firm
The CEO of the Memphis Education Fund said his group is “interested” in paying for the national search firm the district hires to find its next leader.
Movers and shakers
December 7, 2018
Memphis Education Fund has a new leader. Here’s what the group will put money behind going forward.
Next year the Education Fund will focus on initiatives that help parents better understand their school choices, increase the number of quality school offerings in Memphis, and improve equitable access to school facilities.
November 21, 2018
Hopson was the ‘right leader for a fragile time,’ Memphians say. The city reflects on his five years at the helm of local schools
Dorsey Hopson is leaving the district better than he found it, he told reporters in a crowded conference room on Tuesday as he announced his resignation.
Fund Students First
Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
April 26, 2018
After two years at helm, CEO of Memphis Education Fund is leaving
Marcus Robinson is resigning from Memphis’ most prominent education philanthropic fund for a new job in his hometown of St. Louis.
March 9, 2018
Big education funders were in Memphis this week. Here’s what they talked about.
Here are three big takeaways from this week's Bluff City forum sponsored by the national Philanthropy Roundtable.
back in town
March 8, 2018
Back in Memphis, founding superintendent of Tennessee’s turnaround district says the effort needs more time
In town this week for a philanthropic event, Chris Barbic told Chalkbeat that he expects low-performing schools absorbed by the state-run district to see more progress.
January 19, 2018
Here are the initiatives Memphis’ education philanthropists will focus on in 2018
The Memphis Education Fund has shed its "Teacher Town" name but still plans to focus on recruiting new teachers in 2018.
January 18, 2018
Hopson weighs charters as school turnaround tool for Shelby County Schools
The Memphis superintendent's comments hint at a potentially significant shift for a district that has battled openly with the charter sector over students.
January 2, 2018
Four Memphis charter organizations pilot new reading curriculum
The literacy grants from Memphis Education Fund come at a time when local and state officials are doubling down on solutions to Tennessee’s reading challenges.
Who's In Charge
November 10, 2017
What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
The author was David Osborne, and his new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools,” argues that city school districts should stop directly running schools.
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.
$$ and schools
October 5, 2017
Memphis philanthropists, school leaders talk funding strategies at D.C. forum
A contingent from Memphis joins leaders from 16 other cities at a one-day forum hosted by the DC Public Education Fund in Washington.
Making the SCORE
February 7, 2017
Seeking to balance reform with stability, SCORE unveils priorities in annual State of Education report
The influential education research and advocacy organization unveils its top three priorities aimed at sustaining Tennessee's academic gains.
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