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SCS considers proposal to hold back second-graders who can’t read

In an effort to boost literacy among its youngest students, Shelby County Schools has proposed a policy that would require second-graders to repeat the school year if they don’t read on grade level. The district and state have struggled to get students ready to read...

After diving into the Memphis district at a turbulent time, Hopson thinks there is still work to be done

Attorney Dorsey Hopson took over Tennessee’s largest school district when it was in turmoil — what he described as “a mess.” Not many would argue with his perspective. Shelby County Schools was in the midst of the nation’s largest merger of city and suburban school...

Four things you should know about the new Memphis plan to expand district support to all schools

Shelby County Schools board members heard an ambitious plan Tuesday to expand district support for students across all its nearly 150 schools. The proposal would expand the district’s flagship turnaround program, the Innovation Zone; test all first-graders for gifted education; give hand-held electronic devices to...

Seven months after a Kingsbury High teacher came forward with allegations against the principal, the investigation is still ongoing

There is still no resolution to an investigation that started six months ago into allegations of misconduct at Kingsbury High School. Although two former Kingsbury teachers said they were asked by investigators in the fall to hand over evidence of grade irregularities, the district and...

Memphis principal demoted over grade changes will not be reinstated

The Memphis principal who was demoted last year over what district officials said were improper grade changes will not get her job back. The Shelby County Schools board voted 6-0 Wednesday evening not to reinstate Monekea Smith, the former principal of Hamilton High School, and...

Shelby County Mayor Harris hires director of education

Shelby County has its first-ever director of education — and he is responsible for fostering collaboration among the county’s seven school systems. Cedrick Gray will hold the newly created position, and report to Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. Gray is a career educator, who got his...

Even as suspensions fall, Memphis students are being kicked out of school longer, data shows

Hidden behind what Memphis education officials have said is good news when it comes to student discipline is a disturbing trend: As short-term suspensions have decreased, expulsions have increased. Graphic by Samuel Park Last year, Shelby County Schools handed down nearly 2,500 expulsions, according to district...

City University Boys charter school appeals to Tennessee board to stay open

A small middle school for boys has appealed the decision of Shelby County Schools not to renew its 10-year charter. City University Schools filed its appeal to the State Board of Education late Friday, calling the district “unfair” for not renewing one its two middle...

News alert: Suspensions are down, but expulsions are up in Memphis schools, data shows

Hidden behind what Memphis education officials have said is good news when it comes to student discipline is a disturbing trend: As short-term suspensions have decreased, expulsions have increased. Graphic by Samuel Park Last year, Shelby County Schools handed down nearly 2,500 expulsions, according to district...

District chief Joris Ray named Memphis schools’ interim leader

Joris Ray, who started his 22-year career as a teacher in Memphis schools, will be the interim superintendent for Shelby County Schools. The school board voted 5-4 Tuesday evening to appoint Ray, who as a member of Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s cabinet oversees the district’s academic...