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Memphis re-elects Jim Strickland as mayor. Here’s what he says about K-12 education.

Strickland won about 63% of votes Thursday over challengers Willie Herenton, a former city mayor and superintendent, and Tami Sawyer, a county commissioner and Teach for → Read More

5 rejected charter applicants appeal to the state, setting the stage for challenge of new Memphis policy

Every school cited Shelby County Schools’ own analysis of Memphis school options in their arguments for why the schools should be approved. → 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, 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

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

At least 4 Memphis mayor candidates say it’s time to put city money back into K-12 schools

Chalkbeat surveyed the 11 mayoral candidates so that voters can have a better sense of their education agendas. Four of them say it's time to put city money back into K-12 schools. → Read More

At least 4 Memphis mayor candidates say it’s time to put city money back into K-12 schools

Chalkbeat surveyed the 11 mayoral candidates so that voters can have a better sense of their education agendas. Four of them say it's time to put city money back into K-12 schools. → Read More

Memphis third grade reading scores dip as district builds case for retaining students

About 24% of third graders in Shelby County Schools scored proficient in reading on the state’s standardized assessment TNReady. That’s down from about 27% last year. → Read More

Memphis principal gets new assignment after probe into harassment and grade-changing at Kingsbury High ends

Terry Ross, who had served as principal at Kingsbury High School since 2014, was suspended with pay a year ago pending completion of the investigation. → Read More

Here are four priorities that will guide the Memphis school board this year

The Shelby County Schools board met for the first time this year to discuss strategy and create goals to work with their new superintendent. → Read More

Clearer guidelines, more collaboration: New Memphis charter school policy approved

The existing policy had not been revised since 2011, when the district had 25 charter schools, less than half the 57 schools it authorizes now. → Read More

Clearer guidelines, more collaboration: New Memphis charter school policy approved

The existing policy had not been revised since 2011, when the district had 25 charter schools, less than half the 57 schools it authorizes now. → Read More

For up to 3,000 Memphis high school students, this year's commute could include free city bus rides

Under the plan, the district would pay $100 each for passes entitling students and a parent to unlimited city bus rides for the entire year. → Read More

Group withdraws request to house migrant children in vacant Memphis school

Under a $3.7 million federal grant, the group had proposed operating a residential facility until 2025 at the former South Side Middle School. → Read More

Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative

Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday. → Read More

Memphis schools chief looking for new ideas because ‘what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working’

Chalkbeat sat down with Superintendent Joris Ray this week to discuss an initiative on black boys and how he hopes to get more students reading on grade level. → Read More

Why one Memphis principal reads bedtime stories to students via Facebook Live

Archie Moss’ weekly bedtime stories attracted global media attention as Memphis leaders search for ways to incorporate literacy into more aspects of student life. → Read More