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Shelby County Schools
May 17, 2019
Memphis school leaders plan to ask the county for at least an additional $10 million for next school year
The 2019-20 budget is the first for Superintendent Joris Ray, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and a majority of the 13-member county commission.
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 15, 2019
Advocacy groups push for Spanish translations, emotional support, and better facilities at Memphis schools
District officials and county commissioners at the meeting said they agreed with the teachers’ requests in principle, though they sometimes differed on specifics.
May 14, 2019
New Memphis program encourages more students to pursue careers in construction
The after-school program is Gov. Bill Lee’s latest push to train more high school students to enter careers straight out of high school.
May 10, 2019
Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe
Education voucher legislation on the verge of becoming law is facing renewed opposition amid reports of an FBI investigation.
May 7, 2019
A year after student walkouts, there’s some progress, but Memphis teens still don’t feel heard
Shelby County Schools is considering adding a non-voting student member to the school board after students said they want more voice in decisions.
May 2, 2019
Three Memphis charters spared from closure under new state law, while former superintendent plans to appeal decision to close one of his schools
A charter school leader running for mayor plans to appeal Shelby County Schools’ decision to close one of his schools after he said board members used a double standard.
May 1, 2019
What persuaded Memphis’ school board members to quickly name Joris Ray superintendent
Firing two cabinet members, and standing up to the governor against vouchers were some of the reasons given by board members on what swayed them to vote for Joris Ray.
April 30, 2019
Abandoning national search, Memphis school board hires Joris Ray as next superintendent
The board's unanimous resolution called Joris Ray an “exceedingly qualified candidate,” and said a national search would cost the district valuable time and resources.
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.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
How I Teach
April 26, 2019
This teacher had a student tell her she wasn’t ‘fun.’ Here’s what that taught her about inequity.
A teacher at Believe Memphis Academy, a charter school in its first school year, says her own childhood motivates her to demand a lot of her students.
April 25, 2019
Joris Ray wants to be superintendent of Shelby County Schools. Here’s what we know about him.
Joris Ray was only three years out of college when his principal pulled him out of the classroom to help establish a more welcoming and stable culture.
not so fast
April 24, 2019
Historic voucher vote in Tennessee House could be open to legal challenge, says legislative leader
Rep. Mike Stewart says the legitimacy of the 50-48 vote is in question due to the parliamentary actions of Speaker Glen Casada.
April 23, 2019
Memphis school board appears poised to make superintendent choice with little public discussion
The Shelby County Schools board postponed discussion Tuesday of a resolution to suspend a national search for a superintendent and hire the interim leader.
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