Monday, August 10, 2020

ChalkBeat TN

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,”...
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...
Tennessee’s achievement district came out of the gates strong in 2012 with support from national charter networks and state leadership. Taking its cues from the successful turnaround of schools in New Orleans, Tennessee’s Achievement School District was a model for...
When Tennessee’s middle school social studies teachers return to their classrooms this August, they’ll still be required to teach about world religions. But the new state standards leave less room for interpretation. “We’re not here to indoctrinate our students, but...
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