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Tennessee’s TCAP test scores show improvement

by Samantha West -- Tennessee’s second set of pandemic test scores improved across all subjects and grades, largely returning to pre-COVID levels.  But historically underserved student populations – including children with disabilities, those from low-income families, and students of color – continue to lag behind their...

School board renames district, approves closures and mergers

by Samantha West -- The board of the newly-branded Memphis-Shelby County School District on Tuesday endorsed a sweeping facilities plan that includes closing two schools, merging another two schools, and relocating several schools and programs, among other changes. District officials said many of the changes are designed to...

Parents plea to save two KIPP Memphis schools from closure

by Samantha West -- Impassioned community members pleaded with the Shelby County Schools (SCS) board Tuesday night to keep two KIPP charter schools operating, despite low test scores. The district is considering shuttering them after administrators said the schools failed to meet standards for academic...

Memphis students return to class as officials prepare for COVID surge

by Samantha West -- Students in Shelby County Schools returned to classrooms Monday after winter break as district officials prepared to expand in-school COVID testing amid an omicron surge. Beginning Jan. 17, SCS will test participating students and staff weekly — ramping up from the testing offered every...

Four Memphis schools to return to local control after a 10-year state takeover

by Marta W. Aldrich -- Four low-performing Memphis schools taken over by Tennessee almost a decade ago will return to their local school district by next fall without achieving the massive improvements promised under the oversight of the state-run Achievement School District. The schools rejoining Shelby...

Meet the Memphis school nurse who helped a shooting victim survive

by Samantha West -- With more than 50 years of nursing behind her, including as a trauma nurse, Karen Taylor has encountered countless life-and-death situations. All those decades of experience weren’t really needed after Taylor became a Shelby County Schools nurse in March because her days...

COVID slide led to Memphis test score declines, district officials say

by Cathyrn Stout -- Only one in 10 Memphis students in grades three through 12 performed at or above grade level in math and English on state-mandated standardized tests in 2021, compared to about one in five in 2019. Following national trends, Shelby County Schools scores...

SCS will require masks next school year

by Cathyrn Stout -- Masks will be mandatory in Memphis classrooms during the upcoming school year. District officials will require all students, teachers, and school-based employees to wear face coverings, making Shelby County Schools one of the only school districts in Tennessee to maintain the strict...

Shelby County Schools to open virtually this fall; in-person learning off the table

by Jacinthia Jones -- Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray announced on Monday that all district schools will open virtually on August 31 and will remain so until further notice. The decision removes the in-person learning option that parents initially could have chosen. “As hard as...

Kevin Woods, Memphis school board member for 9 years, won’t seek re-election. Four others are running or undecided.

Kevin Woods, who has been on the Shelby County Schools board since the historic merger of city and county school systems changed the face of education in Memphis, said Monday he will not seek re-election. Kevin Woods, Shelby County Schools board member for district 4. PHOTO...