- Struggling schools given year reprieve before possible closures
- > Jul 24, 7:24 AM: Willie Herenton believes his network of academically struggling charter schools in Memphis is improving. "We feel that we’re going to move the academic needle in a very positive direction," the former Memphis mayor and Memphis City
- Hamilton Co. school board discusses other options for I-Zone schools
- Jul 21, 6:09 AM: The fight over Hamilton County's five low-performing schools or I-Zone schools continues as school board members discussed their options Thursday night.
- City Council delays vote on stance about whether state should intervene in struggling schools
- > Jul 20, 6:42 AM: The Tennessee Department of Education proposed in April the creation of a Partnership Zone, which would function as an independent mini-district within Hamilton County Schools, including Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle,
- Chattanooga city councilman wants to pass resolution to delay iZone deadline
- Jul 19, 5:54 AM: As the deadline approaches for school board members to make a decision on the iZone schools, some city council members are now weighing in.
- Former Memphis principal will lead iZone, turnaround work for Shelby County Schools
- Jul 18, 6:18 AM: A former turnaround principal is returning to Memphis as an assistant superintendent overseeing the Innovation Zone and other school turnaround work for Shelby County Schools, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
- Parent: Shelby, Achievement school districts’ fighting is ‘like when my parents first divorced’
As lawyers, politicians and school leaders meet behind the scenes, Cheryl Harris just wants to know where her son will attend the eighth grade in three weeks.
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- Tennessee pursuing partnership to improve Hamilton County’s lowest-performing schools
- > Jul 17, 7:16 AM: Attempting to clarify misconceptions, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen held a series of meetings in Hamilton County last week, sharing more about her Partnership Zone proposal for turning around five of the
- Frosty relationship thaws between parents group Memphis Lift and Shelby County Schools
- > Jul 12, 6:15 AM: When Memphis Lift launched two years ago, leaders of Shelby County Schools questioned the motives and methods behind the group’s parent advocacy, including its early paid work to canvass neighborhoods about the district’s
- Nashville schools lose half of newest teachers within three years on the job
- Jul 12, 6:12 AM: Over 50 percent of the teachers leaving Metro Nashville Public Schools are within their first three years of teaching, according to district officials.
- Commissioner McQueen extends iZone school deadline
- Jul 11, 5:36 AM: Tennessee's Education Commissioner Candice McQueen held a news conference in Chattanooga Monday to discuss iZone schools in Hamilton County and the deadline for board members to make decisions about them.
- Here are the losers as a Memphis charter school packs up and moves across town
- > Jul 10, 5:58 AM: Memphis Scholars announced in late May that it’s leaving the Raleigh neighborhood it signed up to serve — and moving 16 miles across town to operate alongside the charter management organization’s Florida-Kansas Elementary School.
- After Losses and Departures, Charter Backers Are Quieter Now
- > Jul 6, 7:04 AM: After the June 27 Metro school board meeting came to a close and two LEAD charter school applications were denied unanimously by eight school board members, a small group of charter school supporters gathered in the back of the room
- Nashville schools board shoots down charter school resolution
- Jun 29, 6:47 AM: A resolution brought before the Nashville school board that focused heavily on advocacy and respect for charter schools and their families didn't garner enough votes to pass at Tuesday night's meeting.
- Shelby County Schools attorney: State’s action adding grade levels to ASD schools may be criminal
- Jun 29, 6:07 AM: The actions of the Tennessee Department of Education to allow its state-run schools to expand by adding grade levels could amount to "criminal" activity, the attorney for Shelby County Schools said.
- Nashville school board rejects LEAD charter school applications
- Jun 28, 6:50 AM: Nashville's LEAD Public Schools saw both of its charter applications voted down by the Metro Schools board Tuesday night.
- Charter applications rejected by Memphis school officials — for now
- Jun 28, 5:58 AM: Shelby County’s school board sent 13 groups back to the drawing board Tuesday after denying their initial bid to open or expand charter schools in Memphis in 2018.
- SCS Board Explores Legal Options in Grades Added to ASD Schools
- > Jun 28, 5:56 AM: The Shelby County Schools system is exploring possible legal action against the state-run Achievement School District, the state Department of Education, Memphis Scholars charter schools and Aspire Public Schools over the two
- LEAD charter CEO disputes Nashville school district review
- Jun 27, 5:21 AM: The charter school operator applying for two new schools in Nashville is challenging Metro Schools' recommendation ahead of Tuesday's school board meeting.
- Springfield charter group: application denial expected, will refile, appeal if necessary
- > Jun 23, 5:57 AM: The Robertson County School Board voted for the third time in as many years last week to reject a charter school application for a Springfield-based elementary school start-up, but the decision doesn’t mean the group behind the
- MNPS Recommends Denial of Latest Charter Applications
- > Jun 23, 5:41 AM: At the June 13 Metro Nashville Board of Education meeting, charter school operator LEAD had several parents show up to talk about how much they loved the school, but the operator may fail at its latest efforts to open two more