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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 that they are waiting on...
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 began to express her emotions. “Some...
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More than 100 students at a Memphis high school left their classrooms Friday morning, walked around the giant Crosstown Concourse building, and read a letter to their administration calling for significant changes. The letter outlines grievances, and possible solutions of students at Crosstown High School — you can read the...
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 Cordova next fall, which would...
Shelby County Schools has launched an investigation into Southwest Early College High School, where school leaders are saying that after a difficult summer, the school is responding to parent concerns. The school’s response comes less than a week after three Memphis high schoolers and two parents stood before the Shelby...
In the lobby of a Frayser elementary school, the first thing that greets parents, teachers, and students is a huge wall of testing data. Six charts show how each classroom performed last year on school mathematics and reading tests. There’s a line across each image, showing the level of expected...
With so many students transferring between schools during the school year, Shelby County Schools is rolling out a new uniform grading policy across the district to ensure consistency. The new rules mean tests will account for 40% of a high school student’s grade, classwork 35%, projects 10%, homework 10%, and...
Three weeks after a Memphis charter network announced it would pull its school from the state-run Achievement School District, officials say they've reached a temporary agreement and are staying put. Freedom Preparatory Academy will continue operating its Westwood neighborhood elementary school as part of the state turnaround district instead of...
As someone who has been a go-to problem solver in his previous roles in Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Joris Ray says he has had a hard time adjusting to the bureaucracy inherit in his new role. “My pace is this,” he says as he quickly snapped his fingers repeatedly. “But...
Tennessee’s state-run model for school turnaround hasn’t worked, according to new research, which also casts doubt on another locally run school-improvement program in Memphis. The Achievement School District, or ASD, created to turn around Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, has not generated improvements to student achievement during any of the district’s first...