Friday, December 4, 2020

Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat Tennessee

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‘Deliberate attack’ during day two of TNReady testing creates chaos for Tennessee districts

BY LAURA FAITH KEBEDE, CAROLINE BAUMAN, MARTA W. ALDRICH, CHALKBEAT TENNESSEE Tennessee’s testing company is investigating a “deliberate attack” on its data center, state education officials said, interrupting student tests for the second day in a row. “It appears Questar’s data center may have experienced a deliberate attack this...

New leader at Memphis state-run school ‘best candidate’ despite domestic assault conviction

Seven years after a domestic assault charge took Rodney Peterson out of the running to lead a Memphis middle school, he is set to become the principal of that same school this fall as it enters a new chapter run by a charter network...

How one Memphis teacher brings the lessons of MLK to life – and how his students teach him back

A Memphis educator who frequently teaches about Martin Luther King Jr. says his students have taught him as much about civil rights as they've learned from him. Kyle Grady, a 12th-grade government and economics teacher, said the activism he has seen among his students has...

‘Genius grant’ writer to Memphis: ‘We’re losing the only gains we’ve made’ against segregation

Memphis is a “perfectly sad place” to talk about school segregation, a nationally renowned journalist said while visiting the city this week. Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes about race and school segregation for the New York Times Magazine, was in Memphis as part of a speaker...

Impressed by Memphis students planning April walkout, Hopson gives his blessing

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Thursday that students who walk out of Memphis schools next month to protest gun violence will not be punished. He also invited student organizers of the April 20 demonstration to speak April 24 to the Board of Education for Shelby County...

Kids learn better when they’re moving. Just ask this Memphis teacher and dance coach.

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. Alexia Young loves to keep her third-grade class on the move. Every day,...

Hopson tightens who can revise student transcripts in response to grade changing in Memphis

Shelby County Schools has slashed the number of people who have the ability to alter student grades, in one of several responses to a grade-changing scandal that is rocking the district. Principals and assistant principals, school counselors, secretaries, and some people who work in the...

Education group that started in a Memphis classroom up for national Renewal Award

A Memphis education group started by a former teacher is among 25 nonprofit organizations named as finalists for a national award for helping to renew their communities. Let’s Innovate Through Education, or LITE, was chosen among 3,000 nominees across the nation to compete for the...

Is your school in Tennessee’s bottom 10 percent? Here’s a list of 166 schools the state says need to improve

Struggling Tennessee schools will find out this fall if they’ll face consequences for scoring academically in the state’s bottom 5 percent. The State Department of Education is scheduled to release its long-awaited “priority list” for the first time since 2014, identifying schools that will be...

University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools forge new partnership to address teacher shortage

The University of Memphis and Shelby County Schools are creating a partnership aimed at training the next generation of teachers to work in the city’s classrooms. PHOTO: Caroline BaumanKandi Hill-Clarke is the new dean of the College of Education. The college announced plans on Thursday to...
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