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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.
July 24, 2019
Ten new schools will open in Memphis this academic year, five have closed
This is the second consecutive year in which more charter schools than traditional district schools have shuttered.
May 2, 2019
Three Memphis charters spared from closure under new state law, while former superintendent plans to appeal decision to close one of his schools
A charter school leader running for mayor plans to appeal Shelby County Schools’ decision to close one of his schools after he said board members used a double standard.
March 7, 2019
Two Memphis candidates for mayor have education backgrounds. Here’s what you should know
Two Memphians with education credentials are running to beat incumbent Jim Strickland in the city’s October mayoral race.
November 21, 2018
Hopson was the ‘right leader for a fragile time,’ Memphians say. The city reflects on his five years at the helm of local schools
Dorsey Hopson is leaving the district better than he found it, he told reporters in a crowded conference room on Tuesday as he announced his resignation.
October 22, 2018
Seven Memphis schools could have charters revoked next week
The vote scheduled comes about a month after the state released its “priority list” of schools that performed worst on state tests.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
July 11, 2018
Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this school year
All of the schools opening are charter schools, as are most of the closures.
April 19, 2018
Two charter schools led by former Mayor Willie Herenton will close
Du Bois High School of Arts and Technology was already in danger of losing its charter because of poor academic performance.
February 2, 2018
Here are seven Memphis charter schools in danger of closing
Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those scoring low on Shelby County Schools' scorecard automatically begin a review process.
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December 19, 2016
Three things Willie Herenton has to say about Memphis education today
The former Memphis mayor and city schools superintendent says Memphis must do more to lift its schoolchildren out of poverty.
October 15, 2014
At rally, Memphis activists push vouchers as civil rights issue
Voucher activists are largely focusing their organizing efforts in Memphis this year, where any proposed voucher bill in the 2015 legislative session would likely have a disproportionate impact. If several legislators have their way, vouchers would be given to low-income students at the state's lowest-performing schools, the majority of which are clustered in Memphis.
Politics & Policy
July 16, 2014
Board debates whether money or academics should determine charter school expansion
Shelby County Schools board granted a lease to a new charter consortium with no academic record because it was willing to pay more money than a charter school with five years of proven academic results. The decision brought into sharp relief the need for a coherent district policy toward charter schools, according to board members and the superintendent.
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