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Griffin: Higher standards, more certified teachers and better K-2 instructors are top priorities for Tennessee’s turnaround district
Sharon Griffin is ready to make some sweeping changes in the Achievement School District’s 30 charter schools.
March 12, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline
This middle school, a part of the Achievement School District, has cut its suspension rate in half this school year.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
December 20, 2018
Mayor Harris hires former superintendent to encourage Shelby County school systems to work together
Cedrick Gray is the former superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi and of Fayette County in Tennessee. He started his career in Memphis as a teacher.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
Achievement School District
December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
back in action
December 3, 2018
It’s a ‘breath of fresh air’ to be back in school, Georgian Hills educators say after three weeks off following heating issues
On Monday morning, the elementary school in Frayser held classes for the first time since Nov. 13, when cold temperatures put the building’s boiler out of commission.
December 3, 2018
Tennessee’s turnaround district wins big chunk of $8.25 million grant for school improvement
Ten Tennessee schools will each receive $275,000 per year over three years.
November 15, 2018
Tennesseans reflect on Candice McQueen’s legacy leading the state’s schools
As Candice McQueen prepares to leave her role as chief of Tennessee schools in January, education leaders, advocates, and parents are weighing in on her legacy.
By the numbers
November 14, 2018
Enrollment is up in Tennessee’s largest school district for second straight year
About 111,600 students are enrolled in Shelby County Schools, up about 2 percent from last year and higher than projected enrollment, according to district numbers.
November 13, 2018
Cold temps close Memphis state-run schools, highlighting bigger issue of repairing costly, aging buildings
Temperatures dipped below 35 degrees, and four schools in the Achievement School District opted to cancel classes because of boiler issues.
November 9, 2018
How do you turn around a district? Six months into her tenure, Sharon Griffin works to line up the basics.
Sharon Griffin said she’s been doubling down on improving the way the district functions – such as making sure the district is in compliance with federal and state grants, and that teachers have the certifications they need to teach certain courses. And that’s taken more time than expected.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
September 26, 2018
17 schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district remain priority schools 6 years after first takeovers
Four of the six original Memphis schools that were taken over by the state in 2012 are on the newest priority list released last week. And dozens of schools that were added to the district later also remain on the list.
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