Sunday, May 22, 2022

Education

by Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat Tennessee As the newly named chief academic officer for Tennessee’s turnaround district, Verna Ruffin said one of her first priorities will be investing in their top tier teachers. “We know that we have critical work to do,” Ruffin...
Each year, more African-American men are entering college, but reports show that only half of them are finishing. At the University of Memphis those numbers hit close to home with the graduation rate of African-American men standing at less...
Students in every grade level of Shelby County Schools’ first summer academy grew in math and reading skills over the summer months, district leaders announced Tuesday. The six-week voluntary program, open to any district student who was not required to...
EDUCATION ON SCREEN Sixty years to the day after the Little Rock Nine integrated a high school in Arkansas, a documentary chronicling how many of America’s school systems have segregated again is set to debut at the National Civil...
More than half of Memphis schools received the lowest possible score for student growth on Tennessee’s new test last school year, according to data obtained by Chalkbeat for Shelby County Schools. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1...
In Memphis, it’s no secret that the city’s two school districts don’t always get along. Just last week, the traditional district, Shelby County Schools, and the state-run Achievement School District, launched in 2012 to improve Tennessee's lowest-performing schools, were...
With charter schools comprising a fourth of Shelby County Schools, district leaders say they’re setting a higher bar for opening new ones in Memphis. The school board approved only three out of 14 applications on Tuesday night, just months after...
Calling reading the “equity issue of our time,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Thursday that Tennessee will increase its literacy rates when it improves the quality of its early education programs. The state has been waging war on illiteracy for...
A charter school opening next year in midtown Memphis has been awarded a $2.5 million grant through a national contest aimed at reinventing America’s high schools. Leaders of Crosstown High announced Wednesday that it’s receiving the money over five years...
Nine school leaders are up for an annual statewide award, including one principal from Memphis. Tracie Thomas, a principal at White Station Elementary School, represents schools in Shelby County on the state’s list of finalists. Last year, Principal Docia...