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March 18, 2019
We asked and you answered: Here’s what Memphians want in their next school leader
Chalkbeat asked its readers to weigh in with a survey on the issues most important to them in the next superintendent. About 50 people responded – a little more than half identified as Memphis educators.
March 4, 2019
Four months into Memphis superintendent search, here’s a look at recent searches in Tennessee
The average length of recent superintendent searches for Tennessee’s largest districts was about 14 months.
End of an era
January 18, 2019
After leading the Memphis district through a turbulent time, Hopson thinks student achievement will ‘accelerate’
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's last day is Friday.
January 15, 2019
What happens to student achievement when Memphis schools close? A district report offers some answers.
Student reading test scores from three closed schools in Memphis generally improved in their new school, but math scores decreased, according to the report.
January 3, 2019
District rehired former Memphis principal accused of planning to rig tests — then fired her six months later
Teacher advocates say Greer’s rehiring shows how the district finds ways to hold onto employees who have bad records.
December 20, 2018
Mayor Harris hires former superintendent to encourage Shelby County school systems to work together
Cedrick Gray is the former superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi and of Fayette County in Tennessee. He started his career in Memphis as a teacher.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
December 10, 2018
Hopson will leave a blueprint to consolidate more schools. Here’s what you need to know.
If trends hold true for Hopson’s final recommendations, four schools would be at the top of the list for consolidation.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
November 21, 2018
Hopson was the ‘right leader for a fragile time,’ Memphians say. The city reflects on his five years at the helm of local schools
Dorsey Hopson is leaving the district better than he found it, he told reporters in a crowded conference room on Tuesday as he announced his resignation.
November 20, 2018
Memphis schools chief Dorsey Hopson calls his work ‘a remarkable journey,’ but seeks new career at health care giant
Prior to his departure, the school board expects to name an interim before the district breaks for the winter holidays, giving the panel time to seek a permanent replacement, said board chair Shante Avant.
November 20, 2018
Hopson is stepping down from leading Memphis schools. What happens now?
Next steps for Shelby County board members include naming an interim leader and getting a superintendent search underway.
future of SCS
November 20, 2018
Dorsey Hopson leaving Shelby County Schools, sources say
Rumors of Hopson’s departure have been flying for months and he said as recently as early October he had no intention of leaving, saying he was “excited about our momentum.”
The right stuff
November 19, 2018
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.
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.
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