ChalkBeat TN

The Trump administration’s wind-down of protections for some undocumented immigrants isn’t leading daily newscasts now, but it’s still very much in the minds of the nation’s students. Chalkbeat sat in recently as students at Memphis Central High School took...
The first class in Tennessee to get a free do-over on ACT testing is also the first class to push the state over an average score of 20 on the national college entrance exam, an indication that the state’s...
Manuela Martinez doesn’t want Spanish-speaking families to get lost in the fast-changing education landscape in Memphis as the city's Hispanic population continues to grow. The mother of two students is among 19 parents in the first Spanish-speaking class of Memphis...
Nine out of 10 of elementary- and middle-school students in Tennessee’s turnaround district aren’t scoring on grade level in English and math, according to test score data released Thursday. The news is unsurprising: The Achievement School District oversees 32 of...
Nine school leaders are up for an annual statewide award, including one principal from Memphis. Tracie Thomas, a principal at White Station Elementary School, represents schools in Shelby County on the state’s list of finalists. Last year, Principal Docia...
Calling reading the “equity issue of our time,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Thursday that Tennessee will increase its literacy rates when it improves the quality of its early education programs. The state has been waging war on illiteracy for...
It’s not uncommon in Memphis for parents to wait until the first day of school to register their students. That scenario played out again on Monday as some 6,000 students were signed up for Shelby County Schools, bringing total enrollment...
Dorsey Hopson has been at the helm of Tennessee’s largest district for four years, but his cabinet has been a bit of a revolving door since the historic merger of city and county schools. Only three members of his 11-person...
by Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat Tennessee As the newly named chief academic officer for Tennessee’s turnaround district, Verna Ruffin said one of her first priorities will be investing in their top tier teachers. “We know that we have critical work to do,” Ruffin...
A charter school opening next year in midtown Memphis has been awarded a $2.5 million grant through a national contest aimed at reinventing America’s high schools. Leaders of Crosstown High announced Wednesday that it’s receiving the money over five years...