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September 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
May 2, 2019
Chicago is throwing its smallest high schools a lifeline. But is it enough?
Hirsch Metropolitan High School wanted to rebrand itself as the arts high school for a swath of South Side Chicago…
Achievement School District
December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 5, 2018
17 struggling New York City schools improved enough to avoid extra state oversight. But they aren’t out of the woods yet
The schools showed enough evidence of progress to no longer require additional state oversight — or face the possibility of outside takeover or closure.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
November 9, 2018
Facing potential loss of control, Adams 14 wants to show the state how the district might improve
The state board already approved an improvement plan for Adams 14 last year, but it hasn’t shown enough results.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
Rocky Mountain Turnaround
March 30, 2018
How a Colorado school district turned things around at 10,000 feet above sea level
While many of the improvement strategies used by this Colorado rural school district are familiar, they’ve been retrofitted to meet the district's needs.
March 9, 2018
It’s not enough just to stay open, say Memphis parents of their struggling elementary school
Parents are glad Shelby County Schools rejected a state recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary, but still have questions.
March 1, 2018
McQueen: If Memphis school leaders won’t convert American Way to a charter, the state will
The commissioner's comments come two days after Memphis leaders voted to move American Way Middle School into its highly regarded Innovation Zone.
February 26, 2018
McQueen’s plan would interrupt Hopson’s for improving one Memphis school
The state's recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary comes in the school's first year of a three-year improvement plan under Shelby County Schools.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
Building Better Schools
September 29, 2017
Colorado wants to help these 230 schools improve learning. Here’s the state’s first step.
The state education department earlier this month notified school districts of their eligibility to apply for the money and other state services.
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