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Brad Leon to resign from Memphis district, the seventh leader since Joris Ray took the helm last January

Leon’s departure is the seventh from Superintendent Joris Ray’s leadership team since he started as interim last January. → Read More

Brad Leon to resign from Memphis district, the seventh leader since Joris Ray took the helm last January

Brad Leon, the chief of strategy and performance management, has been with the Memphis school system since 2013. → Read More

Mirroring a national trend, 4 charter schools apply to open in Memphis — a 5-year low

Two are repeat applicants who run other schools in the city; the other two will be first-time charter operators if the Shelby County Schools board approves them. → Read More

As more black and Hispanic students enter Memphis’ gifted program, here’s how it might change

Shelby County Schools officials will continue to look for implicit bias and make sure qualified students who have been overlooked are truly integrated into CLUE. → Read More

Memphis board spares three charter schools from closure, breaking with district staff

Memphis Business Academy Middle, Memphis College Preparatory Elementary and Veritas College Prearatory were spared from closing. → Read More

Memphis board spares three charter schools from closure, breaking with district staff

The votes mean about 2,800 students will not have to find another school to attend in the fall. → Read More

Memphis superintendent creates teacher advisory council amidst stalled salary negotiations

Superintendent Joris Ray said he wanted a more direct way for Shelby County Schools teachers to communicate with him. → Read More

Charter school growth drives enrollment increase in Memphis schools

Student enrollment in Tennessee’s largest district is up slightly again and charter schools are driving the growth. → Read More

No more ‘secret handshake’: Universal screening qualifies 600 Memphis students for gifted education

Across the district's schools, 600 more Memphis students qualified in the gifted education program, known as CLUE. More are expected to come. → Read More

No more ‘secret handshake’: Universal screening qualifies 600 more Memphis students for gifted education. More to come.

That’s more than double the number of Shelby County Schools students identified as gifted in those grades last year. → Read More

Tennessee unveils draft plan for lowest performing schools and promises more community input

A new state plan to help Tennessee’s struggling schools would either give them more autonomy to make improvements or face more state intervention. → Read More

As Memphis implements more robust rules for its charter schools, expect a tension-filled year

The Shelby County Schools board will have plenty of charter school issues to sort through in 2020 under the new policy. → Read More

As Memphis implements more robust rules for its charter schools, expect a tension-filled year

The Shelby County Schools board will have plenty of charter school issues to sort through in 2020 under the new policy. → Read More

50 years after thousands of black Memphis parents kept their children out of school in protest, here’s where their demands stand today

Based on 1969 news reports, almost 67,000 students did not attend school at the height of the protest as black leaders advocated for seats on the all-white school board. → Read More

Lead isn’t just in water or in schools. Here’s a look beyond the 39 Memphis schools with high levels of lead.

Lead in water at school is only a small source of possible lead exposure for children. Here's what you should know. → Read More

Two Memphis schools among six in Tennessee to earn national honor for high performance

Both schools were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for their high scores on state and national tests. → Read More

As union negotiations continue, all Memphis teachers will receive a 3% raise, and some will also get merit pay

Superintendent Joris Ray also appeared to take aim at the district’s two teacher associations in comments to the public Tuesday evening as he announced the pay increases. → Read More

‘Clean up the transcripts’: Fired secretary in grade tampering scandal alleges lax rules in Memphis district

The Memphis district defended firing secretary Shirley Quinn, who worked at Trezevant High School and allegedly changing grades without authorization. → Read More

Shelby County Schools approves one charter school as new policy to slow expansion goes into effect

The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in Cordova next fall. At least two applicants said they plan to appeal. → Read More

Memphis teacher salary average dipped to 11th in the state. Negotiations to change that haven’t progressed.

Compensation was among the top priorities of the two Memphis groups representing licensed educators as they started negotiating a new agreement with district leaders. → Read More