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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...

“A Devastating Moment:” Former Memphis students, teachers relive Dr. King’s final day

Marta W. Aldrich, Caroline Bauman and Laura Faith Kebede, Chalkbeat Tennessee Memphis has a special, painful relationship with the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It was here, on April 4, 1968, that the iconic civil rights leader was assassinated. For so many Memphis...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says

In the 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, his dream of an education system providing equal economic opportunity to black children remains unfulfilled, according to a new book published by a Memphis advocacy group. “An Education Dream,” edited by Mendell...

It’s not enough just to stay open, say Memphis parents of their struggling elementary school

For six years, Hawkins Mill Elementary School has been on the state’s radar because of students’ low scores on standardized tests — an issue cited again last month when Tennessee officials urged local leaders to close the Memphis school. Shelby County Schools is passing on...