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University of Memphis runs the most segregated elementary school in the city. Will its middle school be more diverse?

The University of Memphis is proposing to operate a middle school along with its existing elementary school while boosting student diversity in its programs. The university’s elementary, Campus School, has the highest percentage of white students in the city, at 66 percent in 2017, and...

Memphis’ only program for adults to get high school diploma gets lifeline from district leaders

The only thing that was keeping 19-year-old Kennishia Pratts from a job she really needed was a high school diploma, one potential employer told her. So Pratts decided she would go back to school. She tried to enroll at a nearby high school, but was...

As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system

Memphis parent Leisa Crawford didn't have time to look through dozens of websites and zig-zag hundreds of miles around town to find a school for her child. So she relied on word-of-mouth. “When you live here in Memphis … you don’t go on the website,” she...

How Memphis students came face to face with the painful history in their school’s backyard

A few yards across from the parking lot of an all-boys Memphis school lies a small, tree-lined courtyard, where a class of eighth-graders studies a large historical marker. The new marker tells them that children were sold as slaves in this spot. An older, nearby...

Memphis school leaders refuse to answer further questions about grade-changing investigation

No more questions will be answered about the $159,000 landmark investigation into grade changing at several high schools that wrapped up earlier this month, a Shelby County Schools spokeswoman told Chalkbeat. "Please see below the answers to your questions and also be advised that this...

These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover

While Memphis mostly received good news when the state listed its most underachieving schools last week, at least five Shelby County schools appear to be at risk of state takeover. The move, the most drastic consequence the state can impose to try to fix education,...

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...