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What seven school board members in West Tennessee want in their next governor

Seven weeks before Tennesseans go to the polls to elect the state’s next governor, school board members say funding and getting online testing right are among their top concerns. School boards across West Tennessee gathered in Collierville on Monday evening with the Tennessee School Boards...

Did Memphis school leaders just get a pass in the $159,000 grade-tampering probe?

After evidence surfaced of improper grade changing at a Memphis school, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson vowed that the district would put policies in place to prevent such “criminal” actions from happening again, and said that those who violated existing policies would be fired. But then Dixon...

Rodent infestation forces Memphis school building to close for the semester

Pest problems at Kirby High School in Memphis will keep the building closed the rest of the semester, district officials announced at a faculty meeting Thursday. A rat’s nest found near the school has kept students out of school for five days so far...

How one Memphis school is grappling to attract high-achieving students while also educating those left behind

When parent and longtime Binghampton resident Lee Evans heard about the plan last year to require students to take a test to enroll at the iconic East High School, he didn’t understand why that meant some students in the neighborhood could not attend. Evans, an...

Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level

Three years after one elementary school joined Shelby County Schools’ flagship school improvement program, Principal Melody Smith says growth is proof their efforts are working. “We came together we battled, we cried, we fought tooth and nail, but in the end we kept our students...

Most schools in Tennessee’s largest district show growth on state test

Most schools in Shelby County Schools showed progress in all subjects except science, but students still outshined their peers across the state in science, earning them the state's highest rating in growth. About half of schools in the Memphis district saw a bump in English...

After 18 months, Shelby County Schools is still without a leader to drive academic improvement

It’s been 18 months since Shelby County Schools had a chief academic officer and leaders say the search is still ongoing. The chief academic officer is responsible for creating benchmark goals for schools, training and recruiting teachers and principals, and overseeing academic strategy. Now, Superintendent...

Supporters and school board candidates spend $160,000 in final push to Memphis election

In the last push before the election Thursday, school board candidates and supporters have spent more than $160,000 — more than double the total spent for the four races a month ago. And more than 80 percent of that spending is from two candidates: incumbent...

More Memphis students are registering before school starts, as outreach efforts bear fruit

Two weeks before school starts, about 70 percent of expected Shelby County Schools students are registered. That’s double the share of students who were signed up at this time last year. The announcement, made during a school board meeting Tuesday, was met with applause for...

Whitehaven High principal not leaving school improvement program he helped start after all

Almost a month after a shocking announcement ousting the leader from a fledgling school improvement program, the longtime principal isn’t going anywhere. Shante Avant, the school board chairwoman whose district includes the Whitehaven schools in the Empowerment Zone, said Monday that Vincent Hunter will continue...