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August 6, 2019
‘Angry they haven’t learned it sooner,’ advocates want more LGBTQ curriculum in Tennessee schools
Three other states have recently passed laws requiring LGBTQ-inclusive curricula, which research shows is key to creating safer school environments.
June 12, 2019
I’m a public school teacher in Memphis. Here’s why the state’s new voucher-like program worries me.
Will anyone notice if my students, who are mostly low-income, African-American and Latino, aren't getting their needs met?
December 4, 2018
New group will try to connect school board members pushing for ‘dramatic change’ in these 10 cities
The group is targeting board members in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, and Stockton.
October 25, 2018
More work, worse relationships, and better feedback: How teacher evaluation has changed the job of the principal
Teacher evaluation overhauls were supposed to reshape teaching. New research suggests they may have had an even greater impact on what it means to be a school principal.
Poverty in America
January 19, 2018
A Memphis woman’s tragic death prompts reflection: Could vacant schools help fight homelessness?
Across America, some cities have converted empty school buildings into affordable housing or homeless shelters.
August 28, 2017
I went viral for walking my students home from school in Memphis. Here’s what got lost in the shuffle.
I was photographed walking students home in 2015, and the picture went viral. Two years later, I've changed tactics for trying to help young people.
March 30, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee school voucher advocates are pushing for TNReady in private schools. Here’s why.
If Tennessee private schools want to take advantage of public money that could soon be flowing their way, they might have to become…
March 28, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers to take a closer look at school closures
Rep. Joe Towns wants to hit the pause button on school closures, saying that empty school buildings hurt property values and tax revenue.
March 23, 2017
Why this Memphis Republican supports school vouchers — but is concerned about accountability
Rep. Mark White talks about the legislature’s last remaining voucher bill, as well as a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
March 14, 2017
Debate over Sunday sports bumps vote on Memphis school tuition vouchers
About 40 Memphians made the seven-hour round trip drive to Nashville, only to have the voucher bill that rallied them delayed.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
And so it begins
March 7, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers take first step toward school vouchers
Tennessee lawmakers easily advance a proposal that would start a five-year pilot program in Memphis.
March 7, 2017
Tennessee’s voucher proposals target schools already struggling with low enrollment
Public schools in Memphis stand to experience most of the fallout if state lawmakers decide to approve voucher legislation this year.
February 3, 2017
Tennessee Democrats want opponents of DeVos nomination to call Alexander, Corker this weekend
As Monday's Senate confirmation vote approaches, the battle heats up over the embattled nominee for U.S. education secretary.
A tale of two bills
February 1, 2017
One is not like the other: Memphis is the difference in competing school voucher bills
Voucher opponents and advocates alike bristle at a proposal that would only apply to Memphis.
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