Monday, October 25, 2021

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In a room of brightly colored motivational posters and yoga mats, two middle school students sit across from one another in a circle of comfy blow-up chairs, glaring at each other, and talking through an argument of name-calling that...
Here, in a series we call “How I Lead,” we feature principals and assistant principals who have been recognized for their work. You can see other pieces in the series here. Principal Yolanda Dandridge walks almost 14,000 steps a day...
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...
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...
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...