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October 4, 2019
Money over merit? New study says gifted programs favor students from wealthier families
Elementary school children from higher income families are far more likely to be in gifted programs than those from lower income families, the study says.
September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
September 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
July 26, 2019
Busing students to integrate Memphis schools was maligned by some, ‘opened a whole new world’ for others
We asked our readers to share their experiences with busing in Memphis. Here's what they had to say.
July 23, 2019
Group withdraws request to house migrant children in vacant Memphis school
Under a $3.7 million federal grant, the group had proposed operating a residential facility until 2025 at the former South Side Middle School.
July 22, 2019
Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative
Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday.
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.
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