Laura Faith Kebede, Chalkbeat Tennessee

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No more ‘secret handshake’: Universal screening qualifies 600 more Memphis students for gifted education. More to come.

Before this month, just one student between kindergarten and second grade, a white boy, was identified as gifted at Treadwell Elementary School in Memphis, where half of the students are black, more than a third are Hispanic, and just 4% are white. Now, eight other...

Memphis charter network appeals decision to shrink enrollment

A Memphis charter network is appealing Shelby County Schools’ decision to shrink its elementary school enrollment by nearly a fifth. A successful appeal to the state Board of Education would mean the school could keep the spots for 135 students and avoid reducing its incoming...

Judge rules fired football coach at center of Memphis grade changing scandal can have his job back, attorney says

A judge ruled the football coach fired from Trezevant High School for changing student grades should be reinstated, says the former coach’s attorney. Teli White was suspended three years ago for his part in the scandal after a district investigation, but was fired a year...

Memphis teacher salary proposal would boost starting pay and compensate advanced degrees

The starting salary for new Shelby County Schools teachers would increase to match or exceed neighboring competitors, and teachers would be annually compensated for master’s degrees under a district counterproposal presented to teacher groups on Friday. The proposal would add $2,000 to the compensation of...

Memphis charter school leader fired after internal investigation

The executive director of the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, one of city’s oldest charter networks, was fired last week following an internal investigation. Corey Johnson was placed on suspension with pay last month and fired on Dec. 3, according to Ricky Wilkins, the network’s...

Three Memphis charters forced to reduce enrollment by 250 students, most spared because of test scores

Three Memphis charter schools will need to reduce their enrollment by about 250 students next school year following a Shelby County Schools board vote Tuesday. The downsizing by Memphis Business Academy and Gestalt Community Schools is three times less than what district staff recommended last...

Lead isn’t just in water or in schools. Here’s a look beyond the 39 Memphis schools with high levels of lead.

Hundreds of Memphis children who attend schools that recently reported high levels of lead in the water will be tested by health department officials as part of widespread testing on the campuses. About three dozen schools in Tennessee’s largest district tested positive for high levels...

‘It gets unbearable’: As Memphis students await district plan for aging buildings, problems persist

When it gets cold outside, Felix Scott sometimes skips school because he knows there’s a chance heat won’t be working in some classrooms. “I love this school,” Scott, an 11th-grader, said of Kingsbury High School in Memphis. But “most of the time I won’t come...

What parents need to know and do if their child’s school had unsafe lead levels in water tests

As results emerge from water tests conducted in Tennessee schools under a new state requirement, concerned parents are asking what they should do next. Both state and Memphis officials provided suggestions and resources on Friday after Tennessee's largest district reported that 24 schools had at...

14 more Memphis schools test positive for high lead levels in water sources; district awaits results from another 30

Wednesday Chalkbeat reported that 10 Memphis schools had high lead levels, and on Thursday Shelby County Schools officials released a list of 14 additional schools with at least one water source that has tested positive for unsafe levels of lead. District officials told reporters Thursday...