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Memphis superintendent search
May 1, 2019
What persuaded Memphis’ school board members to quickly name Joris Ray superintendent
Firing two cabinet members, and standing up to the governor against vouchers were some of the reasons given by board members on what swayed them to vote for Joris Ray.
April 30, 2019
Abandoning national search, Memphis school board hires Joris Ray as next superintendent
The board's unanimous resolution called Joris Ray an “exceedingly qualified candidate,” and said a national search would cost the district valuable time and resources.
April 25, 2019
Joris Ray wants to be superintendent of Shelby County Schools. Here’s what we know about him.
Joris Ray was only three years out of college when his principal pulled him out of the classroom to help establish a more welcoming and stable culture.
April 23, 2019
Memphis school board appears poised to make superintendent choice with little public discussion
The Shelby County Schools board postponed discussion Tuesday of a resolution to suspend a national search for a superintendent and hire the interim leader.
April 19, 2019
Unproven claims of sexual harassment against Joris Ray won’t halt superintendent vote, board members say
Most school board members are satisfied with an investigation into anonymous sexual harassment claims against interim superintendent Joris Ray that found “no evidence” of wrongdoing — and say it won’t affect their upcoming vote on whether to hire him.
April 19, 2019
District: Sexual harassment claim against interim superintendent Joris Ray ‘without merit’
An investigation into a sexual harassment complaint lodged against Joris Ray several months before he was named interim superintendent concluded there was “no evidence” of…
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.
April 8, 2019
Memphis school board members disagree on how to pick next superintendent, decision on search firm delayed
Three Memphis school board members suggested ditching a national search for Shelby County Schools' next superintendent.
March 22, 2019
Here’s a first look into Memphis school budget priorities under Joris Ray
Even though the board is about to hire a national search firm to look for a new superintendent, Ray has not been shy about pushing through initiatives.
IN YOUR WORDS
March 18, 2019
We asked and you answered: Here’s what Memphians want in their next school leader
Chalkbeat asked its readers to weigh in with a survey on the issues most important to them in the next superintendent. About 50 people responded – a little more than half identified as Memphis educators.
March 4, 2019
Four months into Memphis superintendent search, here’s a look at recent searches in Tennessee
The average length of recent superintendent searches for Tennessee’s largest districts was about 14 months.
February 14, 2019
Memphis interim superintendent adds two cabinet-level positions in first month on the job
The shuffle suggests a leader planning to stick around. His contract gives him the “authority to organize, reorganize, and rearrange the central office.”
Raise your voice
February 13, 2019
Memphis, what do you want in your next school superintendent?
Let us know what you think is most important in the next superintendent.
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.
chorus of support
February 6, 2019
Memphis school staff urge board to ‘stay with Ray’ as interim superintendent contract is set
The interim leader also appointed a new chief of staff and a deputy communications chief Wednesday.
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