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How football prepared me for my first year of teaching (but maybe not the second)

By Evan Tucker (via Chalkbeat Tennessee) Football brought me to Memphis, and Memphis brought me to teaching. That’s how, last August, I found myself the solo teacher for seventh grade science at a KIPP middle school in North Memphis that hadn’t had a teacher in that...

How Memphians reacted when an urban schools leader endorsed a Republican candidate for governor

It didn’t take long for consternation to erupt in one of Tennessee’s Democratic bastions after word spread that the school district’s superintendent was endorsing the Republican candidate for governor. PHOTO: Caroline Bauman Superintendent Dorsey Hopson “The truth is the public is concerned about why he is supporting...

Rat invasion sends 800 Memphis students to three nearby schools

by Laura Faith Kebede Kirby High School students are moving to three nearby schools starting Monday, Shelby County Schools leaders announced Monday night. About 800 students in the southeast Memphis school have been out of school for seven days because a rats nest near the school...

At least five educators accused Memphis principal of pressuring to pass students

At least four teachers and a school counselor have accused a Memphis principal of pressuring them to promote or graduate students who were failing, according to Chalkbeat’s review of his personnel file. The teachers said Kingsbury High School Principal Terry Ross told them individually that...

EXCLUSIVE: Did online snafus skew Tennessee test scores? Analysts say not much

An independent analysis of technical problems that disrupted Tennessee’s online testing program this spring is challenging popular opinion that student scores were significantly tainted as a result. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Wednesday that the disruptions to computerized testing had “small to no impact” on...

If teachers aren’t equipped to help trauma victims, students suffer. Learn from my story.

By Candace Hines, via Chalkbeat Tennessee It took one of my kindergarten students, Andrew, to help me figure out how to handle my toughest teaching challenge. My classroom wall was full of pictures that Andrew had drawn for me. He often greeted me at the door...

Tennessee lawmakers call for McQueen’s resignation, scrapping TNReady over more testing failures

As Tennessee education officials responded to a potentially “deliberate attack” on the state’s online test, Democrats called for the resignation of the state’s top education official, while a Republican lawmaker said he would move to scrap the exam completely. House Democrats issued their rebuke on...

Here’s the list of Tennessee school districts choosing to test younger students online this year

About 40 percent of Tennessee’s school systems are opting to expand online testing beyond high schoolers this month when they begin administering the state’s standardized test. For the first time, all high school students will take TNReady online when the three-week testing window opens on...

Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students

During a daylong tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., a Memphis student took the stage in front of hundreds of onlookers. How did she see herself living out the legacy of King? Through school discipline reform. “I’ve been organizing since I was 15 years old,”...

Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago

Schools in Memphis have become increasingly segregated over the last 50 years, according to a Chalkbeat analysis. A little more than half of Memphis schools are highly segregated, in which 90 percent or more of students are black. That’s up from about 40 percent in...