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January 30, 2019
Memphis philanthropies ‘interested’ in paying for superintendent search firm
The CEO of the Memphis Education Fund said his group is “interested” in paying for the national search firm the district hires to find its next leader.
December 17, 2018
McQueen ends her Tennessee tenure the same way she started — focused on reading
In her swan song tour of the state, the outgoing education commissioner offers both encouragement and strong talk about Tennessee's illiteracy problem.
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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.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
April 17, 2018
Memphis school board discusses dropping TNReady scores from teacher decisions after testing failures
The angry declarations came after two days of glitches in Tennessee testing including what the state called a “deliberate attack” on its testing vendor’s data center.
April 6, 2018
Here’s who’s running for Memphis school board in August
Fifteen people are vying for four seats on the Memphis school board. The election is Aug. 2.
April 4, 2018
Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students
Some Memphis students were center stage during Wednesday's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Others missed school to witness the day's events.
February 26, 2018
McQueen’s plan would interrupt Hopson’s for improving one Memphis school
The state's recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary comes in the school's first year of a three-year improvement plan under Shelby County Schools.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
December 6, 2017
Grade changes pervasive in Memphis high schools, analysis shows
Trezevant High, which prompted the investigation, isn't the high school with the most grade changes in Shelby County Schools, according to the probe.
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November 10, 2017
What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
The author was David Osborne, and his new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools,” argues that city school districts should stop directly running schools.
November 10, 2017
Memphis philanthropists sponsor a trip to Indianapolis for school board members
Indianapolis’ school board has supported the transition to a “portfolio” model where district control is decentralized and various entities directly operate schools.
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June 8, 2017
Four things to know out of this week’s special school board meeting on Memphis grade tampering
For the first time since a principal's resignation letter rekindled interest in an ongoing review of grading practices, the school board meets to discuss the case publicly.
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