Education

Shelby County Schools has opened up additional screening dates for students who will turn 5 years-old during the state-approved timeframe of August 16 - September 30. Please note, this extension is for new screenings only – no re-screenings. Call for an appointment. Screenings take place at the Board of...
Fewer Memphis third grade students than last year are accomplished readers, according to Shelby County Schools’ annual state test data released in a meeting with parents. About 24% of third graders in Shelby County Schools scored proficient in reading on the state’s standardized assessment TNReady. That’s down from about 27%...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In July 2018, Myiah Hill was a 27-year-old single mother of three, on public assistance and living in subsidized housing, making $5,000 a year and fresh out of options. Six months later, she is fielding job offers from Memphis...
“In a society where innovation and change are becoming increasingly important, we hope to show young girls the potential STEM has to change the world.” Those words are displayed on the website of STEM4fem, a Memphis-based nonprofit that is working to help girls pursue interests in fields related to science,...
The Memphis principal at the center of a yearlong investigation into harassment and improper grade changing has been reassigned to a district-level position, Shelby County Schools officials said Friday. Terry Ross, who had served as principal at Kingsbury High School since 2014, was suspended with pay a year ago pending...
The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis' only four-year historically black college, today (July 30) announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as interim president, effective Aug. 26. “Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand...
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 school as part of the state turnaround district instead of...
by Jannelle Marie Walker, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Seemingly a young man’s dreams have taken flight and landed him straight into American Airlines Cadet Academy. While at Arlington High School, Ron Taylor dreamt of being a pilot. Now h is on course to make that happen. Taylor’s passion for airplanes...
by Floyd Ivy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Joshua Johnson had mentors as he was growing up in Memphis. Now, he’s getting a chance to pay it forward. “To be a mentor gives me the opportunity to give back to the city that has given so much to me,’’ said...
It's almost time for school again. And to help get you (and your student's) mind right for the new academic year, we humbly invite you to check out this year's EDUCATION 2019 Special Insert -- available in print on newsstands now, or by scrolling through the file below! This year's...