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Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
By the numbers
November 14, 2018
Enrollment is up in Tennessee’s largest school district for second straight year
About 111,600 students are enrolled in Shelby County Schools, up about 2 percent from last year and higher than projected enrollment, according to district numbers.
Making the grade
November 14, 2018
Memphis board looks for a better way to grade its top education chief
Consultant: As district strives to meet its goal for 2025 to prepare students for beyond high school, effectively evaluating those at the top will become more critical.
November 7, 2018
University of Memphis runs the most segregated elementary school in the city. Will its middle school be more diverse?
That especially matters in Memphis, where schools are more segregated than they were in the 1970s.
November 5, 2018
A Memphis principal was fired over flawed test scores. Should state law protect him too?
State lawmakers passed two wide-ranging laws designed to protect teachers, students, and schools from test results that might not be reliable, but what about principals?
October 29, 2018
Memphis’ only program for adults to get high school diploma gets lifeline from district leaders
The need for programs like adult education programs like The Excel Center is immense in Memphis.
October 26, 2018
As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system
In unified enrollment, each family across the city would fill out a common application listing their top choices and submit them electronically by the same deadline.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
October 23, 2018
Memphis school board postpones closing seven charter schools
The delay is a rare concession for a school board that has been quick to close charter schools that are not meeting state standards.
October 22, 2018
Seven Memphis schools could have charters revoked next week
The vote scheduled comes about a month after the state released its “priority list” of schools that performed worst on state tests.
October 19, 2018
Tennessee sides with Memphis and Nashville boards in rejecting four new charter schools
The State Board of Education denies the appeals of four groups seeking to open schools in 2019.
October 17, 2018
Memphis parents demand answers on charter school principal’s abrupt departure
The answers were not clear, and after an hour of sometimes heated exchanges, advocates threatened to encourage parents to pull their children out.
October 16, 2018
Tennessee has a lot of early-career teachers, especially at schools with more students of color. Here’s why it matters.
This story is a part of the series Miseducation, a reporting partnership between ProPublica and Chalkbeat. We used federal data compiled and analyzed by ProPublica to explore inequities in education at the local level.
October 15, 2018
Memphis teacher groups want annual pay raises and more say in how they teach their students
If educators vote to negotiate, it will be the first negotiation for the Memphis school district since 2015, and the first since the city’s teacher group split into two.
October 11, 2018
Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s controversial evaluation system, says new analysis
Measurable benefits for both students and teachers have come out of the system since 2011, says the National Council on Teacher Quality.
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