Wednesday, October 5, 2022

ChalkBeat TN

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...
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...
In a crowded room at a community center in a north Memphis neighborhood, the leader of Tennessee's turnaround district takes a microphone and addresses the parents and students gathered. “I’m here because we care deeply about your students, and we...
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 Memphis principal who was demoted last year over what district officials said were improper grade changes will not get her job back. The Shelby County Schools board voted 6-0 Wednesday evening not to reinstate Monekea Smith, the former principal...
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...
With no ability to get public funding through a school voucher program that Tennessee lawmakers have refused to create, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis is turning to another possible avenue: converting a network of schools to charters. Diocese leaders announced...
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...
In the last push before the election Thursday, school board candidates and supporters have spent more than $160,000 — more than double the total spent for the four races a month ago. And more than 80 percent of that spending...