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March 22, 2018
Impressed by Memphis students planning April walkout, Hopson gives his blessing
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says Shelby County Schools won't punish students who walk out of school next month to protest gun violence.
March 20, 2018
More than 1,000 Memphis school employees will get raise to $15 per hour
The announcement comes about two weeks before marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who came to Memphis to promote living wages.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
Summer learning academy
February 28, 2018
Better reading and math scores mean more Memphis students can attend this summer program
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's Summer Learning Academy will be open to 10,000 students in almost 50 sites across the city.
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February 27, 2018
Tennessee seeks to combine two state-run elementary schools in Memphis
Tennessee’s school turnaround district wants to combine two of its elementary schools due to enrollment woes and poor building conditions.
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February 27, 2018
Memphis leaders urge state to stay out of their school improvement work
Shelby County Schools plans to move one school to its Innovation Zone and declines the state’s recommendation to close another.
February 26, 2018
McQueen’s plan would interrupt Hopson’s for improving one Memphis school
The state's recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary comes in the school's first year of a three-year improvement plan under Shelby County Schools.
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
February 16, 2018
Here’s what a deeper probe of grade changing at Memphis schools will cost
A proposed contract with the accounting firm hired by Shelby County Schools contains new details on the scope of the investigation already underway.
February 13, 2018
‘We still have tremendous need,’ Hopson tells state lawmakers of Memphis schools
The chief of Shelby County Schools talks about unfunded state mandates and the challenges of serving a large number of impoverished students.
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
January 30, 2018
Memphis high school principal demoted over improper grade changes
In new details released Tuesday, district officials say the principal gave her password to an employee, who then changed report card grades without justification.
January 26, 2018
Find your Memphis school’s score in first local report card
The new tool allows parents to examine school-level data and compare it to other Memphis-area schools in Tennessee’s largest district.
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