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by Laura Faith Kebede A four-year analysis of final grades across Memphis high schools found that Trezevant High is not alone in frequent instances of changed transcripts. In fact, Trezevant had Shelby County Schools’ second highest number of transcript changes from...
Patrick Washington has teaching in his blood.   Washington’s great-great-grandfather, Richard Adkins, was born a slave in Marshall County, Mississippi. After the Civil War, Adkins, who was separated from his parents early on, worked as a sharecropper. Despite long hours...
Sharon Griffin, a longtime leader at Shelby County Schools, will be the next leader of the state’s turnaround district. Griffin will take the helm of the Achievement School District in late May under the titles of Assistant Commissioner of School...
When it gets cold outside, Felix Scott sometimes skips school because he knows there’s a chance heat won’t be working in some classrooms. “I love this school,” Scott, an 11th-grader, said of Kingsbury High School in Memphis. But “most of...
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;...
While most high school students in Tennessee’s largest district have access to advanced courses to prepare them for college, most of those classes are concentrated in schools with more affluent families. Of the 14 high schools in Shelby County Schools...
Most schools in Shelby County Schools showed progress in all subjects except science, but students still outshined their peers across the state in science, earning them the state's highest rating in growth. About half of schools in the Memphis district...
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...
A former turnaround principal is returning to Memphis as an assistant superintendent overseeing the Innovation Zone and other school turnaround work for Shelby County Schools, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Antonio Burt started his new job last week under Chief of...
The University of Memphis is proposing to operate a middle school along with its existing elementary school while boosting student diversity in its programs. The university’s elementary, Campus School, has the highest percentage of white students in the city, at...