Memphis public schools are becoming more competitive
Amelia Hamilton | June 22, 2016|   1
Schools in the midtown area of Memphis weren’t always attractive to parents, but that’s changing. According to realtor Debbie Sowell, “That shift has kind of happened where people are like, ‘No, I don’t have to [move], I do have some options here in Midtown that I can choose from.'” Shelby County’s Director of Optional Schools […]
Alexander to DOE: Get off my law
Alexander to DOE: Get off my law
Heather Kays | June 22, 2016|   2
As governor, senator, secretary of Education and long-shot presidential candidate, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander has always exuded a sense of optimism. Which is good, because he is going to need it as he wrestles with the Department of Education over regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest rewrite of the federal law governing […]
Nashville high school a turnaround model
Amelia Hamilton | June 17, 2016|   0
Cameron High School in Nashville, decades ago a segregated school for black students, is now a model of district/charter partnership run by LEAD Public Schools. Just five years ago, Cameron was one of the lowest-performing middle schools in the state, and became the first of Nashville’s district/charter turnaround schools. Turn around, it did. Cameron serves grades 5-12 […]
Tennessee testing is in a ‘transition phase’
Amelia Hamilton | June 16, 2016|   0
Five times during the last testing task force meeting in Tennessee, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said, “we’re in a transition phase.” That statement referred to both ESSA and the new statewide testing program, TNReady, which has already been canceled for most students amid a backlash. Read more here.
Nashville denies all charter applications
Amelia Hamilton | June 16, 2016|   0
Nashville schools heard four applications for charter schools on Tuesday, all of which were denied. Board members they want to give new director of schools Shawn Joseph a chance to boost performance before turning more toward charters. One school in particular, Napier Elementary School, had a charter takeover denied to give Joseph that chance. “We at […]
13 schools apply to open charter schools in Memphis
Amelia Hamilton | June 13, 2016|   0
Shelby County Schools have revoked four charters this year, and have taken 13 applications for new ones. Applicants include a local group looking to establish a high school in midtown and three out-of-state charter networks already operating in Memphis through Tennesee’s Achievement District. The school board is expected to announce decisions in August. Read more […]
CMA Music Festival supports Nashville’s schools
Amelia Hamilton | June 13, 2016|   0
"They are able to do things like purchase instruments, train their teachers and give private lessons, all to make our music education program the model that other districts can use across the country," said Tiffany Kerns with the CMA Foundation
New ’empowerment zone’ rolled out in Memphis
Amelia Hamilton | June 06, 2016|   0
Whitehaven High School in Memphis will be taking five other schools under its wing, all being led by principal Vincent Hunter.  “The empowerment zone is an aggressive approach of collaboration … where we can offer children a diverse curriculum,” Hunter told a group of parents and community leaders “Not saying it wasn’t offered before. But […]
Tennessee students graduate with ‘work ethic’ diploma
Amelia Hamilton | May 25, 2016|   1
In Hamblen County, Tennessee, students have the option to graduate high school with a “work ethic” diploma. For students who are going on to college, this helps them stand out in applications. For those who will go into the workforce, it shows employers that they are ready. ” “They’ll be able to go to one of […]
Charter operators ask for clearer rules regarding closure
Amelia Hamilton | May 11, 2016|   0
After Memphis officials decided to close several charter schools this year, operators are asking for clearer criteria and information on policies regarding how such decisions are made. Some schools received no previous communication from the school board before finding out they were being closed. “All of that stuff just seems like it came out of the blue,” said KIPP Collegiate Middle […]