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Memphis school board selects Marie Feagins as superintendent

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters Laura Testino, Chalkbeat Tennessee Feb 9, 2024 at 8:14pm EST Sign up for Chalkbeat Tennessee’s free daily newsletter to keep up with Memphis-Shelby County Schools and statewide education policy. Marie Feagins is the school...

Gov. Lee proposes extending school voucher program statewide, to all students eventually

by Marta W. Aldrich -- Gov. Bill Lee proposed Tuesday to take Tennessee’s education voucher program statewide, starting with up to 20,000 students who would get taxpayer money next school year to attend a private or home school. The Republican governor also called for all K-12...

Althea Greene remains Memphis-Shelby County Schools board chair for second year

by Laura Testino -- Althea Greene will remain chair of the Memphis-Shelby County Schools board for a second year as the district continues its search for a permanent superintendent, despite criticism of how she handled the initial search. Greene received seven votes from the nine-member board....

MSCS board starts superintendent search over, expects to select new leader in early 2024

by Laura Testino -- The Memphis-Shelby County Schools board is rebooting its superintendent search, with plans to solicit fresh community input, invite new candidates, and hire a permanent leader in early 2024. The move to restart the search could entice qualified candidates who experts say may have...

What an MSCS audit found after a former board member alleged ‘corruption’

by Laura Testino -- Memphis-Shelby County Schools paid a lawn care vendor more than its contract allowed, lost some lawn equipment to theft, and paid an employee for days they didn’t work. The lapses surfaced in a regular independent financial audit of the district for the...

MSCS board relaxes job requirements for superintendent post; vice chair quits

by Laura Testino -- The Memphis-Shelby County Schools board relaxed its minimum requirements for the district’s superintendent role, allowing interim Superintendent Toni Williams to remain a candidate for the permanent leadership job, even though she lacks classroom experience.  But despite months of discussions aimed at forging consensus about what...

MSCS 3rd graders improved in reading from 2nd grade, but thousands could still be held back

by Laura Testino --  Early state test results show Memphis third graders improved in reading this year, and more students in the cohort are mastering state reading goals. But about three-quarters of third graders in Memphis-Shelby County Schools are still not meeting expectations, which means they...

Ruby Bridges says reading festivals can counteract book bans

by Tonyaa Weathersbee -- In elementary school several years ago, Olivia Shackelford read about how 6-year-old Ruby Bridges endured racial slurs, ostracism, and death threats for integrating an all-white elementary school in New Orleans in 1960. Groups such as Moms for Liberty that try to get...

MSCC board poised to widen superintendent search; 3 activists barred from meeting

by Laura Testino -- A majority of Memphis-Shelby County Schools board members signaled Friday that they want to reopen the search for a new superintendent, consider more candidates and use a different set of criteria to evaluate them. The board consensus, based on an informal vote, emerged...

MSCS to reset timeline for new superintendent

by Laura Testino -- The search for a new leader for Memphis-Shelby County Schools looks like it won’t be done anytime soon. The school board, which met Tuesday amid sharp divisions over how to complete the selection of the district’s next superintendent, is scheduled to meet...