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July 10, 2019
Tell us about your experience with busing in Memphis schools
Memphis schools used busing in an attempt to create integrated schools under a court-ordered desegregation plan that went into effect in 1973.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
June 13, 2019
In rare move, University of Memphis middle school could share building with East High
The university has been scrambling to find another building for its middle school since March, in part because of a lease requirement with the Catholic Church.
May 30, 2019
Tennessee’s rural schools overlooked amid urban focus, says equity group
Rural Tennessee faces big challenges in providing an equitable education to a third of the state’s students, says a new report.
May 15, 2019
Advocacy groups push for Spanish translations, emotional support, and better facilities at Memphis schools
District officials and county commissioners at the meeting said they agreed with the teachers’ requests in principle, though they sometimes differed on specifics.
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
April 5, 2019
Once in juvenile detention themselves, Memphis students give school officials strategies for keeping others in school
The recommendations include eliminating suspensions and expulsions for elementary school students adn starting morning group check-ins with teachers.
Updated March 27, 2019
Controversial education voucher proposal clears second hurdle in Tennessee legislature
Gov. Bill Lee notched a significant win Wednesday as a key legislative committee advanced his controversial education voucher proposal.
March 26, 2019
700 Memphis students will be sent to different schools in facilities plan’s first result
Amid long-standing concerns over declining enrollment and aging campuses, these changes are the first step in the former superintendent's massive facilities plan.
March 22, 2019
Tennessee’s governor says he wants to help low-income students in failing schools. But his voucher and charter plans cast a much wider net.
Critics say his signature proposals could end up benefiting middle-class families and changing the landscape of school systems that are doing just fine.
Updated March 20, 2019
Tennessee charter school bill advances in two key legislative committees
A proposal to create a new Tennessee charter school commission squeaks out of the House Education Committee.
March 19, 2019
Charter school bill won’t bypass local school boards after all, says legislative leader
Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is backing off of its proposal to bypass local school boards with a new state charter authorizing commission.
Updated March 19, 2019
Voucher bill clears first hurdle in Tennessee’s legislature
Legislation that would create a new type of voucher program advances out of a House education subcommittee.
March 19, 2019
Gov. Lee’s voucher proposal will help families pay for private school. But will black Memphis students go where they were historically shunned?
These parents are hesitant to trust predominately white private schools, even if they believe the education system might be better.
Seizing a moment
March 18, 2019
Here’s why voucher advocates are excited about Tennessee this year
School voucher supporters who have had their hopes dashed for years in Tennessee’s General Assembly are more hopeful than ever.
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