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Achievement School District
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 12, 2019
As Tennessee gives its turnaround district a hard look, fates of other takeover districts show struggles aren’t unique
Seven years later, Tennessee’s achievement district has not seen large gains. Nevada closed its turnaround district, and the other two states are struggling to launch.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
June 27, 2019
As state Supreme Court declines to hear case, Memphis shares student contact information with charter schools while Nashville seeks options
The decision affects Memphis, where school leaders also defied the state's order to hand over student data.
June 21, 2019
Hands-on learning drives teachers and students at the only Montessori school in Tennessee’s turnaround district
At a time when many educators are focused on facts, metrics and standards, Montessori schools are focused on hands-on practice.
June 18, 2019
‘We have to get this right’: With Sharon Griffin out, achievement district seeks consistency, communication
Sharon Griffin will be replaced on an interim basis by two current Achievement School DIstrict leaders.
June 17, 2019
Under growing tension, heralded turnaround leader Sharon Griffin resigns as head of achievement district
A year after Sharon Griffin’s ascension into leadership of Tennessee’s embattled turnaround district drew widespread praise – and after months of tension.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 5, 2019
High-profile principal is among reshuffling at the Achievement School District
The leader of Tennessee’s turnaround district’s highest-performing school is heading to a new position this summer, a year after the fourth superintendent change.
June 4, 2019
After a year with a new leader, high hopes are giving way to tension within Tennessee’s turnaround district
The initial excitement over the Achievement School District's new leader has given way to an impasse between the superintendent and the district's charter leaders.
May 16, 2019
Aspire wants to leave Memphis but keep its four schools open. What will that look like?
Four months after a California charter operator decided to hand off its Memphis schools, a transition plan sheds light on what exactly the spin-off could look like.
May 9, 2019
Tennessee’s state-run district has a new look. Here’s why the Achievement School District invested in rebranding.
The Achievement School District underwent an$11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin.
May 2, 2019
Tennessee charter leaders say special education funding could get shortchanged in governor’s new budget
Every charter leader in the Achievement School District signed a letter requesting that Gov. Bill Lee reconsider cuts to the allocation for priority school state grants for next year.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
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