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Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat Tennessee

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As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline

In a room of brightly colored motivational posters and yoga mats, two middle school students sit across from one another in a circle of comfy blow-up chairs, glaring at each other, and talking through an argument of name-calling that almost escalated to fist-throwing. The boy,...

A student invited his former teacher to a Memphis Grizzlies game. Here’s why it was a defining moment for them.

Tim Green may be a science teacher, but one of his favorite metaphors to tell students is about kitchen appliances. Green was one of seven educators and students who participated in a February storytelling night hosted by Chalkbeat Tennessee, Spillit, and The Knowledge Tree. The...

Ten apply for vacant seat on the Memphis school board, but six live outside of seat’s district

Ten people have put their name in to become the next board member of Tennessee’s largest school district. The appointee will fill the seat Teresa Jones vacated following her recent appointment as a municipal court judge, and would serve until the term expires in August...

In last effort to stay open, Gateway University appeals to Tennessee board

Leaders of a Memphis charter high school requested that the state board of education overturn the local district’s vote to close the school. The appeal is Gateway University Charter School’s last chance to remain open. State board staff will make a recommendation to the state...

SCS board votes to close Gateway; embattled charter school will shutter in May, unless state board steps in.

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday to close a northeast Memphis charter high school. Board members Joyce Dorse-Coleman, Stephanie Love, Michelle Robinson McKissack, Scott McCormick, Shante Avant, Billy Orgel, and Kevin Woods, Miska Clay Bibbs voted in favor of closing Gateway University at the...

Here are the education issues we’re watching in Tennessee’s statehouse in 2019

By Caroline Bauman and Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse. Exactly what’s coming isn’t yet clear, although recent hires by gov.-elect...

Memphis Education Fund has a new leader. Here’s what the group will put money behind going forward.

Memphis’ most prominent education philanthropic fund officially has a new leader in former interim CEO Terence Patterson – and one of his big goals for Memphis Education Fund is to finance more creative, grass-roots solutions to education problems facing the city. “We’re not going to...

This Memphis teacher wanted to make learning physics more engaging, so he created a website. Now it’s used in 40 countries.

Three girls explode into laughter and cheers as they roll a small cart across the table, successfully getting a rubber band to launch the cart just fast enough to knock a washer off the back of the cart, but not quite fast enough to...

Why this Memphis educator wants students to know that scientists aren’t just ‘white men in white lab coats with crazy hair’

How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in this series here. Eight years ago, James Johnson was doing everything right to become an...

Hopson was the “right leader for a fragile time,” Memphians say.

Dorsey Hopson recently went on a victory lap. In late October, he and other Shelby County Schools top officials traveled around to a half dozen schools that highlighted different successes in the district under Hopson’s leadership as superintendent. The tour touted the district’s Innovation Zone...