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At 17, Caitlin Brinson isn’t yet old enough to vote, but she’s working hard to get other Memphis residents to the polls in November. The Cordova High School school senior is active in a new youth initiative called Engage Memphis, which aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young...
The political action committee for Tennessee’s largest teachers organization on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Karl Dean for governor over his Republican opponent, Bill Lee. The Tennessee Education Association PAC cited Dean’s record on school funding and his opposition to vouchers that use taxpayer money to pay for tuition to private...
  As about 100 volunteers took a break after filling 900 backpacks for distribution to students – all of them – at Booker T. Washington High School and its feeder school, LaRose Elementary, Shante Avant took a moment to put the effort into perspective. “This will be our third year and...
It didn’t take long for consternation to erupt in one of Tennessee’s Democratic bastions after word spread that the school district’s superintendent was endorsing the Republican candidate for governor. PHOTO: Caroline Bauman Superintendent Dorsey Hopson “The truth is the public is concerned about why he is supporting a candidate whose vision goes...
By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer Let the race for financial aid begin. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, becomes available Monday. It's widely considered the most important document in securing money for higher education. Current and prospective students must fill it out annually to get loans, grants...
No more questions will be answered about the $159,000 landmark investigation into grade changing at several high schools that wrapped up earlier this month, a Shelby County Schools spokeswoman told Chalkbeat. "Please see below the answers to your questions and also be advised that this will be the last media...
A program designed to improve achievement outcomes for ninth graders in local schools is now being adapted to serve more students as it enters its second year. Starting this fall, Stand for Children will collaborate with 14 public traditional and charter schools in Memphis and Shelby County to enhance the Freshman...
While Memphis mostly received good news when the state listed its most underachieving schools last week, at least five Shelby County schools appear to be at risk of state takeover. The move, the most drastic consequence the state can impose to try to fix education, inspires dread in its targets...
When Crystal Bullard moved to Memphis from the Bahamas last year, she was looking for a new life and a better education for her three young children. What she found was an overwhelming school system that was hard to navigate, and an environment where her children felt like outsiders. Her children,...
by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Many – if not most – who attended the Memphis Educational Equity Learning Series at the National Civil Rights Museum recently shared the belief that there is a path for local schools to reduce suspensions, expulsions and other punitive measures while increasing...