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In an effort to boost literacy among its youngest students, Shelby County Schools has proposed a policy that would require second-graders to repeat the school year if they don’t read on grade level. The district and state have struggled to get students ready to read by third grade and have...
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Tim Green may be a science teacher, but one of his favorite metaphors to tell students is about kitchen appliances. Green was one of seven educators and students who participated in a February storytelling night hosted by Chalkbeat Tennessee, Spillit, and The Knowledge Tree. The stories told centered around school...
Ten people have put their name in to become the next board member of Tennessee’s largest school district. The appointee will fill the seat Teresa Jones vacated following her recent appointment as a municipal court judge, and would serve until the term expires in August 2020, not October as previously...
When you’re the big fish, it’s not OK to pick on the little fish just because you can. That’s an important lesson for everyone. But some Houston first-graders got a particularly vivid demonstration in the form of a musical puppet show, which featured fish puppets and an underlying message about...
The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday to close a northeast Memphis charter high school. Board members Joyce Dorse-Coleman, Stephanie Love, Michelle Robinson McKissack, Scott McCormick, Shante Avant, Billy Orgel, and Kevin Woods, Miska Clay Bibbs voted in favor of closing Gateway University at the end of this school year....
Frustration over Tennessee’s lagging third-grade literacy rate is resurrecting discussion about whether the state is investing its money wisely for early childhood education. Rep. Bill Dunn has re-filed a bill that would let school districts divert state funds from public pre-kindergarten classes to other needs in early grades if they...
A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten for at least 30 percent of the city’s 4-year-olds, and Nashville a gold medal for meeting both quality and accessibility standards. The report said in addition to...
Shelby County Schools board members heard an ambitious plan Tuesday to expand district support for students across all its nearly 150 schools. The proposal would expand the district’s flagship turnaround program, the Innovation Zone; test all first-graders for gifted education; give hand-held electronic devices to more high school students; and...
There is still no resolution to an investigation that started six months ago into allegations of misconduct at Kingsbury High School. Although two former Kingsbury teachers said they were asked by investigators in the fall to hand over evidence of grade irregularities, the district and investigators would not comment on...
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...