Education

It was an unusually busy day at Trezevant Savings Bank in Frayser. And if you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of that financial institution before, it’s because it’s in a school, and it’s run by students. Wednesday was a “grand opening” of sorts at the Trezevant Career and Technology Center...
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On Monday, Oprah Winfrey blessed Morehouse College with a surprise $13 million donation. —Billionaire Robert F. Smith also promises to pay off parents debt of Morehouse College graduates— Winfrey’s donation along with the $12 million the media mogul gifted the school 30 years ago, totaling $25, has become the largest endowment...
When Se’Quoia Allmond’s cousin was shot and killed last year, she was “mad at the world,” she said. Though she felt cared for by her grieving family, she said she needed another outlet to convey her grief. She eventually saw a counselor and slowly began to express her emotions. “Some...
Students, faculty, local alumni, and community supporters convened on the grounds of LeMoyne-Owen College to launch “The 2020 Inaugural National Annual Fund Campaign” last Friday, to raise an unprecedented $1.2 million. The rally-styled event featured rousing numbers from the school’s band, inspiring, Negro-spiritual standards by the choir, and enthusiastic votes...
Five charter school applicants the Memphis school board denied two weeks ago for failing to meet new, tighter district standards on charter expansion have appealed the decisions to the state. Every school cited Shelby County Schools’ own analysis of Memphis school options in their arguments for why the schools should...
Two Memphis schools won the Blue Ribbon designation this year, one of the highest honors from the U.S. Department of Education given to just 362 schools nationwide. The schools — Campus School and Maxine Smith STEAM Academy — were recognized for their high scores on state and national tests. They...
Southwest Community College is severing ties with a charter school and evicting the school from its campus after the high school promised its students they could earn an associate degree, according to a letter sent to high school parents this week. Southwest Early College High School came under scrutiny four...
For the first time, Shelby County Schools teachers with high evaluation scores will receive pay increases. In addition, Superintendent Joris Ray said the district’s promise to allocate a 3% pay raise to all teachers and licensed school professionals in the Memphis district will go into effect next month and be...
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she is backing off from pursuing changes to the way Tennessee judges its public schools this school year. Schwinn gave a brief update publicly last week to the state Board of Education when Vice Chairman Bob Eby inquired about the status of her efforts to...
Testimony from the school records secretary at the center of a grade tampering scandal that erupted in 2016 pointed to lax oversight by Shelby County Schools. The Memphis district defended firing Shirley Quinn, the secretary who worked at Trezevant High School for more than two decades, for allegedly changing grades...