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This program helps put arrested Memphis teens on track. Now its funding is in jeopardy.

With its funding expiring, a Memphis program for students coming out of juvenile detention could end soon, despite a three-year record of job placement and low recidivism. The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer. The U.S. Department of Education, which funnels...

Memphis school board members disagree on how to pick next superintendent, decision on search firm delayed

The Shelby County Schools board delayed picking a national superintendent search firm Monday after three board members said they would rather stick with the interim leader who is a career Memphis educator. Stephanie Love, who initially nominated Joris Ray to lead the district in December,...

Once in juvenile detention themselves, Memphis students give school officials strategies for keeping others in school

Adults were the ones listening to students teach this week as Memphis student advocates shared their recommendations on how to reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. Six students at G.W. Carver College and Career Academy, an alternative school, worked for months on suggestions for Shelby County...

Black Memphis voucher advocates notably absent on Gov. Bill Lee’s school choice proposal

As momentum builds for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed voucher bill, black voucher supporters in Memphis have been largely silent on the issue — or they have changed their tune. Last week, when the bill came before and subsequently cleared a key House committee, no...

SCS considers proposal to hold back second-graders who can’t read

In an effort to boost literacy among its youngest students, Shelby County Schools has proposed a policy that would require second-graders to repeat the school year if they don’t read on grade level. The district and state have struggled to get students ready to read...

After diving into the Memphis district at a turbulent time, Hopson thinks there is still work to be done

Attorney Dorsey Hopson took over Tennessee’s largest school district when it was in turmoil — what he described as “a mess.” Not many would argue with his perspective. Shelby County Schools was in the midst of the nation’s largest merger of city and suburban school...

Four things you should know about the new Memphis plan to expand district support to all schools

Shelby County Schools board members heard an ambitious plan Tuesday to expand district support for students across all its nearly 150 schools. The proposal would expand the district’s flagship turnaround program, the Innovation Zone; test all first-graders for gifted education; give hand-held electronic devices to...

Seven months after a Kingsbury High teacher came forward with allegations against the principal, the investigation is still ongoing

There is still no resolution to an investigation that started six months ago into allegations of misconduct at Kingsbury High School. Although two former Kingsbury teachers said they were asked by investigators in the fall to hand over evidence of grade irregularities, the district and...

Memphis principal demoted over grade changes will not be reinstated

The Memphis principal who was demoted last year over what district officials said were improper grade changes will not get her job back. The Shelby County Schools board voted 6-0 Wednesday evening not to reinstate Monekea Smith, the former principal of Hamilton High School, and...

Shelby County Mayor Harris hires director of education

Shelby County has its first-ever director of education — and he is responsible for fostering collaboration among the county’s seven school systems. Cedrick Gray will hold the newly created position, and report to Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. Gray is a career educator, who got his...