Laura Faith Kebede, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Laura Faith Kebede

Chalkbeat Tennessee

Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Laura:

Memphis parents can choose in-person or online instruction for the fall

The Memphis district will all parents to choose online or in-person learning when school resumes in August. → Read More

‘He’s here to intimidate me’: Memphis students want deputies out of schools

Memphis student advocacy groups want sheriff's deputies removed from schools and funds diverted to hiring counselors and mental health services. → Read More

Saturday school is out. Memphis district lays out options for school year calendar.

The calendar options range in cost from $4 million to $67 million to pay employees for extra time worked. A teacher survey on the calendar options is expected to go out later this week. → Read More

Laptops and tablets coming to Memphis students starting in August

The district said lessons covering the first semester’s material will be recorded in case the district has to switch to all-online learning. → Read More

Laptops and tablets coming to Memphis students starting in August

The decision was in line with Superintendent Joris Ray’s $37 million plan to enable all students to learn online. → Read More

SCS, YMCA partnership will expand Memphis summer food program to 60,000 meals a day

Shelby County Schools will resume food production starting July 1 and YMCA will help the district recruit new sites and volunteers to meet the heightened demand. → Read More

Memphis school leaders reevaluating budget after county rejects request for millions more

Based on the district’s request, the commission’s vote could mean that while a 1% teacher pay raise from the state is still in the budget, teachers may not get an additional performance bonus and various programs to improve student learning may be cut. → Read More

MAP: Memphis schools are closed until further notice. Here are food resources to fill in the gap.

Collections and food drives have already popped up, with more likely to follow. → Read More

What questions should Memphis school board candidates answer? Help us shape Chalkbeat’s 2020 voter guide.

We want to know what questions you have for the Shelby County Schools board candidates and what you think they should prioritize if they win the election. → Read More

Here are the people advising Memphis leaders on how students and teachers return to school in the fall

Superintendent Joris Ray announced the creation of the task force Monday and reiterated that a plan to return to school could be a mix of in-person and online instruction. → Read More

Memphis schools won’t get more money for repairing buildings until county commission receives long-term plan

The decision sends the Shelby County Schools proposed budget for building maintenance back to the school board to edit. It also adds urgency for the district to produce its long-term "Reimagining 901" plan. → Read More

Memphis district distributes laptops, hotspots to help struggling students graduate this year

Shelby County Schools distributed laptops and mobile devices for hotspots at its central office Wednesday for students participating in the district’s Project Graduation online classes. → Read More

Memphis plans for in-person graduation ceremonies in July

The plan also includes a "drive-thru senior salute" where students can pick up their diplomas and get their photo taken. → Read More

16 Memphis charter schools would be in danger of closing under proposed rule change

Stricter screen process proposed for low-performing schools puts 16 charter schools in Memphis in danger of closing. → Read More

Closed Memphis school could be used as field hospital site for COVID-19 patients

A Memphis elementary school closed since 2012 could be converted into a field hospital site to treat COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Memphis long-term plan to get students online could cost as much as $77 million

The plan comes a month after Superintendent Joris Ray said the coronavirus pandemic amplified the glaring inequities of internet and laptop access in Memphis. → Read More

One incumbent changes his mind and joins 14 others running for five Memphis school board seats

This year, all but one of the five Shelby County Schools board seats up for election are being contested. Four years ago, only one of the five seats was contested. → Read More

Memphis students to receive instruction via lesson packets, online, TV and radio during coronavirus closures

Shelby County Schools is working on creating paper instructional packets for students, online classes, and TV and radio programs so students can continue to learn. → Read More

Memphis schools are closing for two weeks. Here are food resources to fill in the gap.

Collections and food drives have already popped up, with more likely to follow. → Read More

Not every Memphis school gets the same funding. What does your school get?

Find out the per-pupil spending at your school in our sortable table. → Read More