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When Tennessee unveils its latest standardized test scores on Thursday, the results won’t count for much. Technical problems marred the return to statewide online testing this spring, prompting the passage of several emergency state laws that rendered this year’s TNReady scores mostly inconsequential. As a result, poor results can’t be...
Teaching degree programs at four-year institutions nationwide are disproportionately white, according to new Urban Institute data. But things look different in Memphis, where two local colleges, the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University, are making strides to ensure their teaching programs reflect the diversity of the schools that...
Some 20 years ago, Ginny Terrell’s third grade math teacher called her “stupid.” Now, Terrell laughs as she names her current position: a third grade math teacher. “I was that kid in school that everybody was like, ‘What’s wrong with her?’” said Terrell who has been teaching at the local...
While their children are out of school for the summer, a local parent group is using this time to hit the books. Memphis Lift, a non-profit organization in North Memphis, aims to amplify the voices of those who, some say, have historically been excluded from conversations surrounding their schools....
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 picking cotton, he learned to read and write. Soon after,...
Four main GOP candidates are campaigning to succeed fellow Republican Bill Haslam as governor, but first they must defeat each other in the 2018 primary election. The Republican nominee will be chosen on Aug. 2, with early voting July 13-28. The winner will square off Nov. 6 against the candidate...
Two candidates are squaring off to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley will compete for the chance to face one of four Republican candidates in November's general election. They hope to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam and...
For years, Memphis school leaders promoted the idea that college was the most logical next step for all of its students. Now, they’re changing their tune. Shelby County Schools’ new budget dedicates $6.7 million to overhauling its job certification classes, with a focus on training students for higher-paying, in-demand careers...
Randall Phillips can’t contain his excitement about Amazon’s plans for a Memphis distribution facility, albeit for different reasons than most Bluff City residents. “Amazon has confirmed they are bringing a $72 million plant to Memphis. Inside the plant are little orange robots with tall handles that lift and bring new...
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by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a student’s race into account in order to promote diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The shift would give schools and universities the federal government’s blessing to take a race-neutral...