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After months of deliberation, California-based Aspire has decided to spin off its Memphis schools into a new, independent charter school organization. The four schools – and their 1,600 students – would officially transition at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year if the plan comes to fruition. Aspire Memphis Superintendent Nickalous...
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 denied her requests for back...
By Caroline Bauman and Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse. Exactly what’s coming isn’t yet clear, although recent hires by gov.-elect Bill Lee offer some possible...
by JACINTHIA JONES, LAURA FAITH KEBEDE Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018. Here are the stories that riled, informed, or befuddled you. The most read story in 2018 was about a study that suggested that the...
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 start in Memphis and led...
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 data. That’s about 300 more...
Memphis’ most prominent education philanthropic fund officially has a new leader in former interim CEO Terence Patterson – and one of his big goals for Memphis Education Fund is to finance more creative, grass-roots solutions to education problems facing the city. “We’re not going to sit back and wait for...
Three girls explode into laughter and cheers as they roll a small cart across the table, successfully getting a rubber band to launch the cart just fast enough to knock a washer off the back of the cart, but not quite fast enough to knock over two washers. These high...
How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in this series here. Eight years ago, James Johnson was doing everything right to become an attorney. He was interning for the...
Dorsey Hopson recently went on a victory lap. In late October, he and other Shelby County Schools top officials traveled around to a half dozen schools that highlighted different successes in the district under Hopson’s leadership as superintendent. The tour touted the district’s Innovation Zone program created to boost test...