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By Melonie Gaines, High Ground News Less than a month after the class of 2010 walked across the stage at Booker T. Washington High School, new graduate Adrianne Cobb attended a party in Downtown Memphis. A fight broke out. Gunshots rang into the air, one of which struck Cobb and fatally...
by MARTA W. ALDRICH, CAROLINE BAUMAN For the first time, Tennessee families can look up how their neighborhood school is rated when it comes to academic achievement and growth, how often kids are missing school, and whether English learners are making progress learning the language. A revamped state report card, released on Tuesday online, also...
 A clearly emotional Dr. Nickalous Manning of Aspire Public Schools in Memphis recalled the moment he had to tell faculty and staff at Coleman Elementary School that one of their classmates died and others were injured in a bus accident in Arkansas Monday morning. "If I was to close my...
On January 22, 2008, then-President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13455, creating the 16-member President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The council members represented a diversity of organizations, including corporations, non-profits, faith-based groups, state government agencies, regulatory authorities and academic institutions. The council adopted the Financial Literacy and Education...
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Here's a story that'll warm your heart –while giving you a chance to help some people at the same time. Shelby County Schools is hosting its Operation Warm Hearts event again this year, accepting coats, winterwear and toys for students who need them. From the official page at SCS: Our favorite...
How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in this series here. Eight years ago, James Johnson was doing everything right to become an attorney. He was interning for the...
Dorsey Hopson recently went on a victory lap. In late October, he and other Shelby County Schools top officials traveled around to a half dozen schools that highlighted different successes in the district under Hopson’s leadership as superintendent. The tour touted the district’s Innovation Zone program created to boost test...
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II ended months of speculation Tuesday afternoon with a press conference announcing his resignation. Whispered speculation over the past several months not only had him resigning from his SCS post, but rumblings also had him taking the state’s top education post under Governor-elect Bill...
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is leaving Shelby County Schools for a local health insurance company effective Jan. 8. Prior to his departure, the school board expects to name an interim before the district breaks for the winter holidays, giving the panel time to seek a permanent replacement, said board chair Shante...
Tennessee’s education chief is leaving state government to lead a nonprofit organization focused on attracting, developing, and keeping high-quality educators. Candice McQueen, 44, will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in mid-January. Gov. Bill Haslam, whose administration will end on Jan. 19, announced the impending departure of...