Education

An all-Black debate team from Atlanta, once again took top honors and sprinkled their magic at the Harvard University International Debate Competition. —VIDEO: Megan Markle receives sweet greeting from Beyonce and Jay-Z at ‘The Lion King’ movie premiere in London— This is the second year in a row a group of...
Tennessee’s achievement district came out of the gates strong in 2012 with support from national charter networks and state leadership. Taking its cues from the successful turnaround of schools in New Orleans, Tennessee’s Achievement School District was a model for other districts, including in Nevada, North Carolina, and Mississippi. But seven...
A Memphis education advocacy organization born out of a national pro-voucher group is shutting down at the end of the month after three years. Campaign for School Equity spun off from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a now-defunct national nonprofit, in 2016 to build student advocacy and community organizing...
When Tennessee’s middle school social studies teachers return to their classrooms this August, they’ll still be required to teach about world religions. But the new state standards leave less room for interpretation. “We’re not here to indoctrinate our students, but to educate them,” social studies teacher Zan Brennan said during...
A dozen filmmakers between the ages of 14 to 22 will showcase their short films during the MPLOY Youth Film Festival at the Hattiloo Theater on Saturday (July 6). Hosted by the City of Memphis’ MPLOY Youth Summer Experience Program and CLOUD901, the film festival is set for 1 p.m....
By Kathryn Palmer and Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee Five-year-old Nykari McNeal has a new favorite word — “towers” — after seeing a drawing of the Eiffel Tower inside of a book during a summer reading camp in Memphis. “Towers start with T!” says Nykari, who has taken to drawing pictures...
Dr. Alicia Golston has been promoted to dean of students at Rhodes College, effective July 1, 2019. She served as associate dean of students in 2017 and became associate dean for student experience in 2018. Prior to joining Rhodes, Golston worked for nine years at Western Kentucky University in various...
Tennessee students will have to pass a U.S. civics test to earn their high school diploma, while all teachers must learn about human trafficking under dozens of new state laws that take effect July 1.  Public education was a favorite subject of many of the hundreds of bills taken up...
Seeing as how Summer literally officially started less than a week ago on June 21, it seems strange to start talking about back-to-school immunization shots . . . but here we are. From the Shelby County Health Department: Children enrolling in child care facilities, those entering preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; those...
Superintendent Joris Ray signed a four-year contract with Shelby County Schools on Tuesday, two months after the school board appointed him. His annual salary will be $285,000 — the same salary he made as interim superintendent and the same as his predecessor, Dorsey Hopson. That’s also how much Nashville’s school...