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January 26, 2018
Three things that school districts can do to boost minority businesses
School systems are typically among the largest employers in town and also award millions of dollars worth of business contracts.
October 11, 2017
KIPP launches collaborative with Memphis charters to improve literacy results
Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have adopted the KIPP Wheatley curriculum.
August 22, 2017
Smaller cohort of charter schools to open in Memphis in 2018
The school board's vote comes just months after the district overhauled its charter school office to strengthen oversight of the growing sector.
August 7, 2017
Memphis students are back in school. Here are seven things to know about the upcoming year.
Many changes are at play across Shelby County Schools, Tennessee’s largest district.
May 18, 2017
How one Memphis charter school’s ACT scores jumped 2.6 points in one year
In Freedom Preparatory Academy's inaugural graduating class, all 50 seniors are headed to college.
How I Teach
December 1, 2016
How I Teach: From philosophy professor to high school government teacher
Memphis charter school teacher Kyle Grady on getting students to connect with the material and developing critical thinking skills.
August 29, 2016
With a charter comes the search for school space. Here’s how one Memphis operator is doing it.
Freedom Preparatory Academy is in the process of buying the former Lakeview Elementary School and operates four charter schools in Memphis.
Updated July 8, 2015
Memphis’ newest teacher training school launches next week
After its failed partnership with the University of Memphis, Relay Graduate School of Education opens on its own and introduces a new style of teacher preparation.
December 31, 2014
Best of 2014: Colocation presents hurdles, opportunities
The ending of colocation with ASD schools stands to be the next battle in the enrollment war that's engulfed Memphis in recent years.
Politics & Policy
July 16, 2014
Board debates whether money or academics should determine charter school expansion
Shelby County Schools board granted a lease to a new charter consortium with no academic record because it was willing to pay more money than a charter school with five years of proven academic results. The decision brought into sharp relief the need for a coherent district policy toward charter schools, according to board members and the superintendent.
Interesting Memphis news
December 13, 2013
State-run district says final list of schools reflects community input, needs
The Achievement School District (ASD) announced Thursday a final list of six failing schools that will become part of the state-run district next year and the charter operators who will be tasked with boosting their test scores.
December 12, 2013
Fairley, Westwood, Coleman, Spring Hill, Frayser, KIPP: A look at six new schools for state-run district
To give a sense of where the five existing schools are starting from in terms of the data, we’ve assembled the schools’ 2012-13 scores on Tennessee’s state standardized test, the TCAP, and on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, which gauges how much schools’ scores improve each year.
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