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March 25, 2014
Shelby County Schools budget process continues, board retreat on Thursday
Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II said the district is ahead in its budgeting process and will review public suggestions before presenting a final budget to the board in April.
March 21, 2014
Whitehaven Elementary students show off science and math skills at STEM Expo
This school year is third grader Averionna Cooper’s first at Whitehaven Elementary. She’s already hooked on science and knows a few phrases in Russian. Her…
March 19, 2014
Updated: “Data gap” accountability tweak on way to governor
Updated March 20 – The House Thursday accepted minor Senate amendments and voted 61-4 to repass House Bill 14-1182, the measure that modifies the state’s…
March 18, 2014
Students at Manual want to be heard — and they have a lot to say
Last month, Chalkbeat staff began to seek out the voices of Manual High School students: What are their experiences at school? What does Manual do well or not well for them as students? Ultimately, what about students' experiences did we miss in our reporting?
March 14, 2014
Memphis mayor A C Wharton part of national education effort
Memphis Mayor AC Wharton was among several leaders from across the country this week at the Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. where a memo…
Too small to fail?
March 12, 2014
State board hints at different paths forward for two very different struggling districts
The differences between two struggling school districts -- one urban and one rural but both of which face a looming deadline to dramatically improve their student outcomes or face state intervention -- are forcing state officials to grapple with how they will tailor turnaround efforts to meet divergent district needs.
(Not) back to square one
March 11, 2014
Community input, teacher voice drive overhaul at a struggling elementary school
At Ashley Elementary School, teachers and community members drove a school turnaround process that led to the school's newly minted innovation status. The school's plan has won praise even from skeptics of Denver's innovation schools.
March 8, 2014
Five-hour budget meeting sheds light on possible teacher bonuses, cuts and expenses
Shelby County Schools’ administrators gave insight into their plan to reward teachers for their performance in the classroom during a five-hour budget and finance committee…
Tell Me Why
March 7, 2014
State board, struggling districts to talk turnaround efforts next week as clock runs short
The aim of these meetings, as well as other supports the state has offered the districts, is to help forestall those interventions. However, the state board is also trying to tease out what sort of ramifications these interventions would have on school districts.
Getting a headstart
March 5, 2014
To forestall intervention, a struggling rural district overhauls its model
In an effort to reverse years of low performance, Lake County School District, a central Colorado district that serves a slightly higher rate of impoverished students than Denver, is in the first stages of moving from a traditional academic model to an all-expeditionary learning approach in its elementary and middle schools.
Politics & Policy
March 3, 2014
For low-performing schools, a crucial roadmap
A Unified Improvement Plan, whether for an individual campus or an entire district, is meant to be a living document often referred to during conversations between school leaders and teachers, central administrators and board members. The intent is to keep focus on those goals educators believe will dramatically increase student performance and let all else fall by the wayside, said John Youngquist, Aurora's chief academic officer.
a look back
February 28, 2014
Two decades later, a school boundary decision that isolated poor students reverberates
This retrospective on a decision to redraw the school boundary lines that created the high-poverty Manual High School was recognized as a finalist in the same contest.
February 27, 2014
These are the 11 IPS schools Ferebee is most worried about
IPS has many needs and lots of schools that Ferebee hopes to turn around. In fact, 38 of the district’s 65 schools are on getting at least some level of extra scrutiny from Ferebee and his administrative team as part of their school improvement effort. Even so, 11 IPS have been named “priority” schools because Ferebee considers them the most troubled. This is where the district is focusing its heaviest attention.
February 26, 2014
In a step back from national initiative, Manual ends year-round schooling, longer day
After two years of nearly year-round schooling, a shorter year and day are in store for students and teachers at Manual High School.
February 21, 2014
Plans for selective school in Fairview building prompt questions about meeting needs of all students
Less than an hour after Shelby County Schools announced a new principal for its highly-anticipated new optional STEAM school in midtown Memphis, board members raised concerns about plans to require all students to meet a certain academic threshold to attend the school.
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