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Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
September 18, 2019
Memphis district recommends closing Southwest Early College High School, but decision pends on board vote
On the heels of a three-week investigation, Shelby County Schools is recommending closure of a charter school affiliated with Southwest Community College.
September 18, 2019
As district readies to release investigation, embattled Memphis charter school tells a different story
With the findings of a district investigation expected this week, leaders of a Memphis charter school are working to reassure parents that the school is getting on track.
September 17, 2019
Only one applicant meets Memphis board’s new policy for opening charter schools
The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in Cordova next fall. At least two applicants said they plan to appeal.
September 10, 2019
Two closed Memphis schools could get new life pending board approval
Two historic Memphis schools – Carnes Elementary School and Northside High School – could be reborn as a charter school and a small business incubator, respectively.
September 6, 2019
Memphis district launches investigation into Southwest Early College High School as school leaders acknowledge ‘growing pains’
SCS has launched an investigation into Southwest Early College High School, where school leaders said that after a difficult summer, the school is responding to concerns.
September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
August 30, 2019
Memphis teacher salary average dipped to 11th in the state. Negotiations to change that haven’t progressed.
Compensation was among the top priorities of the two Memphis groups representing licensed educators as they started negotiating a new agreement with district leaders.
August 29, 2019
Nearly 100 Tennessee schools found high lead levels in their water. Is your school on the list?
The first big wave of results are in under a new state law requiring water testing in schools constructed before 1998.
August 28, 2019
At least 4 Memphis mayor candidates say it’s time to put city money back into K-12 schools
Chalkbeat surveyed sent a seven-question survey to each of the 11 mayoral candidates so that voters can have a better sense of their education agendas.
August 27, 2019
Parents, students petition Shelby County Schools board to investigate Southwest Early College High School
Three Memphis high schoolers, two parents, and a former teacher stood before the Shelby County Schools board on Tuesday night and called for an investigation.
Making the grade
August 23, 2019
Calling for consistency, Memphis leaders create new student grading rules that are the same across the district
School leaders hope the new system will reflect comparable performance no matter where a student is enrolled.
lists on lists
August 15, 2019
25 Memphis schools named among the top performing in Tennessee
427 schools across 85 Tennessee districts made the state’s 2019 list of “reward schools.”
Results are in
August 15, 2019
Most test scores increase in Tennessee’s largest district; reading results down for youngest students
State test scores for Shelby County Schools increased this year in every subject except English for elementary and middle school students, according to state data.
Movers & shakers
August 13, 2019
Teach for America Memphis hires school board member as chief of staff
Miska Clay Bibbs, who was elected to the Shelby County Schools board in 2014, became the organization's chief of staff Monday.
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