Thursday, January 20, 2022

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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...

All 30 schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district would exit by 2022 in a massive restructuring proposal

By Caroline Bauman, Marta W. Aldrich -- Tennessee wants to return 30 state-run schools to local districts in Memphis and Nashville no later than the fall of 2022, but also wants to retain its state-run district to possibly take over other chronically low-performing schools, says a...

Calling for consistency, SCS creates new student grading rules that are the same across the district

With so many students transferring between schools during the school year, Shelby County Schools is rolling out a new uniform grading policy across the district to ensure consistency. The new rules mean tests will account for 40% of a high school student’s grade, classwork 35%,...

Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril

By Kathryn Palmer and Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee Five-year-old Nykari McNeal has a new favorite word — “towers” — after seeing a drawing of the Eiffel Tower inside of a book during a summer reading camp in Memphis. “Towers start with T!” says Nykari, who...