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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…
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 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.
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 10, 2014
At final closing meeting, parents, teachers, and alumni ask board to keep Riverview Middle School open
Tonight, at the last of nine community meetings about the closings scheduled by the district, Riverview community members and teachers echoed concerns that have arisen at each meeting: Closing the school will disrupt students and the community. But Riverview's status as part of the district's I-Zone adds an extra wrinkle. The school is already in the midst of a dramatic turnaround, and the district will lose federal funds supporting that turnaround if the school is closed.
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.
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