Education news. In context.
Are Children Learning
Future of Schools
Future of Teaching
Future of Work
In the Classroom
Movers and Shakers
Sorting the Students
The Other 60 Percent
Who Is in Charge
Find a Job
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
Asked and answered
September 11, 2018
Teachers’ union chief Jesse Sharkey on school closings, contract battles, and life after Rahm
What the CTU president says about Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson, being called out by investigator Maggie Hickey, and union challenges post-Janus.
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
August 24, 2018
Here’s a closer look at Kids First Chicago, the group behind a report sparking debate
In January 2017, Daniel Anello, the CEO of a school choice group backed by the business community, flew to Denver with Janice Jackson, who was…
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
June 7, 2018
‘You hate to see it end so soon’: Arlington High School has its final last day of school
The hallways, lined with vacant green lockers, are quiet. The classrooms, once filled by eager high school students, are empty. The auditorium of…
Achievement School District
January 17, 2018
Here’s why another state-run charter school is closing in Memphis
The impending closure of GRAD Academy is another blow to the Achievement School District, in which the South Memphis school was its highest-performing high school.
August 28, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent calls a timeout on any more school closures
The new superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools wants to change the process for considering school closures to something that would take more factors into account.
August 24, 2017
To keep Indianapolis high schools from closing, advocates encourage Northwest parents to tell school board: “Don’t sell off our district”
“We need you to start fighting for your young people,” Carrie Harris, an alumna of Crispus Attucks, told parents at Northwest on Wednesday night.
June 12, 2017
Does closing high schools change student outcomes? It depends on where students go next.
District leaders have attempted to lessen the pain of high school closures with a promise: The new schools will be better for students.
May 8, 2017
New Memphis school buildings get green light on design funds
Shelby County leaders take the first step toward rebuilding two Memphis elementary schools.
ASD REAL ESTATE
May 1, 2017
Tennessee’s turnaround district is about to return a school to its local district — but it’s just a building
Shelby County Schools will be figuring out what to do with a mostly empty building, not a revitalized school, when Klondike Elementary returns to its fold this summer.
March 27, 2017
Does closing a Bronx Renewal school violate state law? Public advocate thinks so, but legal argument is murky
A 2009 lawsuit argued that closing certain zoned schools requires approval from local education councils.
Up and down
March 13, 2017
How changes to Michigan’s school ranking system hurt Cass Tech — and helped the DeVos family charter school
Testing experts say the dramatic swings say more about a rating system that’s been in turmoil in recent years than it does about individual schools.
Week In Review
February 24, 2017
Week in review: Michigan school closing decisions delayed — but still looming
Detroiters have to wait a little longer to find out which of 25 targeted city schools will be closed by the state in June. but when those decisions are made, they'll be based on academics — not whether schools are in new buildings or what impact vacant schools will have on neighborhoods.
Trouble with transcripts
February 21, 2017
Mayor: Detroit high school grads lost jobs because city schools couldn’t produce their transcripts
Hospital leaders said they were having difficulty filling entry-level positions despite Detroit’s high unemployment rate because Detroiters who applied couldn’t produce their high school transcripts.
Week In Review
February 17, 2017
9 things you should know about Detroit education this week
As dozens of Detroit schools are threatened with closure in June, politics poisoned a $700,000 tool that could…
January 31, 2017
Where will Detroit kids go if their schools close? These maps show the choices are few
As leaders of Detroit’s traditional schools make a case to save at least some of the 25 city schools that have been…
September 28, 2016
Here’s which Detroit schools could be closed, as confusion about their future deepens
What happens next in the whiplash-inducing school closure fight remains unclear and seems likely to end up in the courts. Here’s what we know — and what we still don’t.
August 16, 2016
Here’s why Michigan is unlikely to close all of its lowest-performing schools this year
Michigan education officials now say they’re not likely to close as many schools as they could this year.
August 15, 2016
Scores of Michigan schools to be shuttered based on test scores they were told wouldn’t count
The state School Reform Office is moving ahead with an aggressive plan to close every school in the state that posted rock-bottom test scores for the last three years — even though Michigan’s education department promised schools that last year’s test scores wouldn’t be held against them.
April 8, 2016
Six hours, eight buses: The extreme sacrifice Detroit parents make to access better schools
A mismatch between where students live and where schools in Detroit are located means some kids travel for their education and others stay behind in schools with weaker community ties.
March 28, 2016
Shelby County board expected to close one Memphis school, revoke charter on another
The board will vote Tuesday on recommendations related to Memphis Health Careers Academy and the New Consortium for Law and Business.
April 29, 2015
Rise & Shine: It's testing week, and we've got answers
April 16, 2015
Denver’s first and only all-boys public school to close
Sims-Fayola International Academy, Denver's first and only all-boys public charter school, will close at the end of the year due to financial, academic, and managerial issues.
March 31, 2015
Shelby County closes three Memphis schools, moves students from three others
The Board of Education for Shelby County Schools votes to close three low-performing schools and transfer students out of three others, impacting more than 2,000 students.
March 24, 2015
Hopson presents adjustments on student moves, stands by two school closings
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson announces tweaks to his proposal to close two schools and move hundreds of students from four others at the close of this school year.
February 10, 2015
Shelby County School officials to parents: Choose us or the state’s ASD
Parents and students angry about a plan to close two more Memphis schools receive a blunt response from district leaders.
December 29, 2014
Best of 2014: Urban districts struggle to improve academics after school closings
Shelby County Schools officials say that closing as many as 13 schools in Memphis should lead to better academic outcomes for students. But research is mixed on whether closures actually help students' test scores.
December 23, 2014
Alcy Elementary uses holiday fun to boost reading
Alcy Elementary held its 7th annual Read Around the Christmas Tree earlier this month to encourage its students, about 300 of them, to have strong literacy skills.
Shelby County Schools
May 29, 2014
At closing schools, tenured Shelby County teachers sue district to keep jobs
Five Shelby County School tenured teachers filed a lawsuit against the district last week arguing they have a right to a job this fall. The teachers…
Shelby County Schools
April 23, 2014
Shelby County Schools board cuts $240 million in spending
The Shelby County Schools board unanimously passed a budget Tuesday night that slashed more than $240 million in spending and 4,563 positions from the district.
March 28, 2014
Westhaven community continues to fight for school after closings decision
A month after the Shelby County school board voted to close Westhaven Elementary School and request funds to build a new school in their area, school community members continue to organize to keep their school's staff and students together and to ensure that the new building gets built.
February 26, 2014
Shelby County School Board votes to close 10 schools at charged meeting
After nearly a year of planning, two months of intense community engagement, and four hours of meeting, it became official: Shelby County Schools will close 10 schools in Memphis before the 2014-15 school year, in the largest single school round of closures in the city's recent history.
February 20, 2014
Superintendent foreshadows changes to school closings plan as board members call for academic accountability
The district's final plan for the closures is likely to look notably different than it did when it were first presented in December. While Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson didn't make any final announcements about which Memphis schools will close next year at a board work session tonight, he left some school communities - including Westhaven - hope that their schools might remain open.
February 18, 2014
School closings on agenda for Shelby County board’s working session Wednesday
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson II will present his recommendations to the district's board about which of schools should be closed at a work session this Wednesday.
February 4, 2014
Shelby County board members address personal attacks, charges of racism at school closings meeting
Shelby County school board members and superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson II directly addressed community members' continued accusations that the planned closings of as many as 13 schools are racially motivated at an emotionally charged meeting at Westhaven Elementary School in Whitehaven Tuesday.
January 29, 2014
Nine thoughts on school closings from the chief of staff at Shelby County Schools
After a public hearing at Alcy Elementary School, Reginald Porter, Jr., the district's chief of staff and a former school board member, talked about what's coming up next for school closings and about how the district is trying to incorporate community feedback in its plans.
December 5, 2013
Shelby County Schools closed Friday due to inclement weather
Shelby County Schools and offices will be closed Friday because of inclement weather. Forecasters are predicting a possible ice storm with temperatures dipping to 17 degrees.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee