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Why Shelby County Schools has $84 million sitting in a savings account

Say your home air conditioner dies, and it’s August in Memphis. You don’t have enough in your checking account to cover the cost of a new one, but you have just enough in savings. The problem: After you’ve cleaned out savings, what if your...

Fifth-graders will study more Tennessee history to comply with a new state law

When lawmakers voted this spring to add a semester of Tennessee history to students’ education, they threw a curveball at new social studies standards that were approaching final approval. Now the State Board of Education has announced how it plans to accommodate the new mandate....

Tennessee’s turnaround district gets new leadership team for a new chapter

Tennessee is bringing in some new blood to lead its turnaround district after cutting its workforce almost in half and repositioning the model as an intervention of last resort for the state’s chronically struggling schools. While Malika Anderson remains as superintendent of the Achievement School...

Tennessee leads nation in FAFSA filings for third straight year

Equipping more Tennesseans with the tools to succeed after high school has been a hallmark of Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration. And the efforts seem to be paying off as the governor heads into his final 18 months in office. Haslam announced on Thursday that the...

Boys & Girls Clubs coming to two Memphis schools after all

Principal Tisha Durrah says her faculty can keep students focused and safe during school hours at Craigmont High School. It’s the time after the final bell rings that she’s concerned about. “They’re just walking the neighborhood basically,” Durrah says of daily after-school loitering around the...

Memphis parent advocacy group trains first Spanish-speaking cohort

Manuela Martinez doesn’t want Spanish-speaking families to get lost in the fast-changing education landscape in Memphis as the city's Hispanic population continues to grow. The mother of two students is among 19 parents in the first Spanish-speaking class of Memphis Lift’s Public Advocate Fellowship, a...

Former Memphis principal will lead iZone, turnaround work for Shelby County Schools

A former turnaround principal is returning to Memphis as an assistant superintendent overseeing the Innovation Zone and other school turnaround work for Shelby County Schools, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Antonio Burt started his new job last week under Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin, for whom...

Hopson: Memphis schools have most stable budget in years, but it’s still not enough

Shelby County Schools officials are riding high, fueled by a dramatic swing from operating in the red to landing solidly in the black in the new fiscal year that begins Saturday. But they say the district still doesn’t have enough money to propel students to...

Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here’s why.

Last school year, the small Lakeland district outside Memphis received about $64,000 in Title I funds to help educate poor students. Next year, it’s expecting nearly $427,000. The Collierville district, 20 miles away, got about $635,000 last year. Next year? It’s expecting more than $3.1...

Tennessee’s ESSA plan gets solid marks in independent review

Tennessee’s proposed plan for school accountability rates strong on measuring academic progress, but weak on counting all kids, according to an independent review released Tuesday by two education groups. For the most part, the state landed in the upper middle of an analysis spearheaded by...