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September 17, 2019
Only one applicant meets Memphis board’s new policy for opening charter schools
The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in Cordova next fall. At least two applicants said they plan to appeal.
September 12, 2019
Students are back after summer break, but this Memphis teacher — and others like her — never stopped working
This educator explains why she became a teacher, what summer break is actually like for educators, and why she always starts parent conversations with the "positives."
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.
March 12, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district tries to reduce suspensions, here’s how one school is rethinking discipline
This middle school, a part of the Achievement School District, has cut its suspension rate in half this school year.
September 10, 2018
Rat invasion sends 800 Memphis students to three nearby schools
Ninth and 10th grade students will be split from juniors and seniors. Some special education students will go to another high school.
Teaching & Classroom
September 4, 2018
Four of five charter schools denied by Memphis board appeal to the state
Four charter schools whose applications were rejected by Shelby County Schools are taking their cases to the state. The appeals are the most since 2015,…
August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
June 14, 2018
All Memphis charter school applicants sent back to drawing board if they want to open in 2019
If the school board agrees, applicants have 30 days to revise and resubmit. The board will vote on the amended applications August 21.
April 4, 2018
See who wants to open a charter school in Memphis in 2019
Ten charter organizations applied to Shelby County Schools ahead of the April 2 deadline to open 18 schools in 2019.
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.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
October 25, 2017
Thousands of Memphis families opt out of sharing contact info with charter schools
Now board members are left with a choice: hand over the rest of the names, or face a lawsuit from the state.
battle for students
September 29, 2017
Memphis district robo call tells parents to opt out of data sharing: “We do not want to lose any students to charter schools”
As Memphis parents decide whether to share their children’s information with charters, Shelby County Schools is ramping up its efforts to get them to say no.
scrambling for students
September 15, 2017
Lagging enrollment fuels Tennessee charter schools’ push for student contact data
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that 22 schools in the state’s 32-school Achievement School District have lost enrollment from last year.
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