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Rise & Shine: School segregation at center of new documentary from collective founded by Ava DuVernay

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 Rights Museum in Memphis. Chalkbeat

ACROSS THE POND Research from England’s charter-like “academies” show there’s little evidence that providing schools with additional freedom will, on its own, boost student achievement. Chalkbeat

BACK TO WORK Despite disheartening test results, Shelby County Schools leaders say they have the right pieces in place and need to do a better job of implementing them consistently and supporting teachers. The Commercial Appeal

DECISION TIME Hamilton County school board votes to keep moving forward on Partnership Zone option, where the state will create a special district managed by local and state officials. Times Free Press

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL New data shows students using Tennessee’s free community college scholarship are significantly more likely to succeed in college than their peers outside the program. The Tennessean, Times Free Press

FUTURE OF TEACHING Memphis Teacher Residency retention and effectiveness scores are up as the residency model borrowed from the medical profession gains more traction. High Ground News

TALK IT OUT What’s behind the start of a new discussion series to help Memphians understand its complicated education landscape. Tri-State Defender, Chalkbeat

REWARD FOR GROWTH A Memphis nonprofit gives new uniforms to students at a school that posted high growth on state’s new test. Local Memphis

SCHOOL DESIGN Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham is named “Most Beautiful Public High School” in Tennessee by Architectural Digest. The Leaf-Chronicle

HELPING OUT A Kingsport student collects cleaning kits for hurricane survivors after hearing of a need for them. Kingsport Times-News


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