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‘Be more than a teacher’: Memphis students share how they think school staff can help them cope with trauma

When Se’Quoia Allmond’s cousin was shot and killed last year, she was “mad at the world,” she said. Though she felt cared for by her grieving family, she said she needed another outlet to convey her grief. She eventually saw a counselor and slowly...

5 rejected charter applicants appeal to the state, setting the stage for challenge of new Memphis policy

Five charter school applicants the Memphis school board denied two weeks ago for failing to meet new, tighter district standards on charter expansion have appealed the decisions to the state. Every school cited Shelby County Schools’ own analysis of Memphis school options in their arguments...

Two Memphis schools among six in Tennessee to earn national honor for high performance

Two Memphis schools won the Blue Ribbon designation this year, one of the highest honors from the U.S. Department of Education given to just 362 schools nationwide. The schools — Campus School and Maxine Smith STEAM Academy — were recognized for their high scores on...

As union negotiations continue, all Memphis teachers will receive a 3% raise, and some will also get merit pay

For the first time, Shelby County Schools teachers with high evaluation scores will receive pay increases. In addition, Superintendent Joris Ray said the district’s promise to allocate a 3% pay raise to all teachers and licensed school professionals in the Memphis district will go into...

‘Clean up the transcripts’: Fired secretary in grade tampering scandal alleges lax rules in Memphis district

Testimony from the school records secretary at the center of a grade tampering scandal that erupted in 2016 pointed to lax oversight by Shelby County Schools. The Memphis district defended firing Shirley Quinn, the secretary who worked at Trezevant High School for more than two...

Only one applicant meets Memphis board’s new policy for opening charter schools

Just one of 11 charter school applications were approved Tuesday night by the Shelby County Schools board — the lowest number since the privately managed schools began opening in Memphis in 2003. The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in...

Teach for America Memphis hires SCS school board member as chief of staff

A Memphis school board member who has worked for several local education organizations is now coordinating operations at Teach For America. Miska Clay Bibbs, who was elected to the Shelby County Schools board in 2014, became the chief of staff at Teach For America in...

Memphis third grade reading scores dip as district builds case for retaining students

Fewer Memphis third grade students than last year are accomplished readers, according to Shelby County Schools’ annual state test data released in a meeting with parents. About 24% of third graders in Shelby County Schools scored proficient in reading on the state’s standardized assessment TNReady....

Memphis principal gets new assignment after probe into harassment and grade-changing at Kingsbury High ends

The Memphis principal at the center of a yearlong investigation into harassment and improper grade changing has been reassigned to a district-level position, Shelby County Schools officials said Friday. Terry Ross, who had served as principal at Kingsbury High School since 2014, was suspended with...

Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative

Superintendent Joris Ray launched a new initiative Monday that he hopes will help black boys improve their test scores, take more advanced courses, and be on the receiving end of school discipline less often. Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students,...