Laura Testino, Commercial Appeal

Laura Testino

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Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Laura:

'Most important decision': Most MSCS board members want to quicken superintendent search

Memphis-Shelby County Schools board members are aiming to have a new superintendent earlier than initially planned. → Read More

TBI investigating after MPD officer fires shots, youth critically injured

A Memphis police officer fired shots at a boy who later crashed a car and was rushed to the hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. → Read More

'Without wrongdoing': MSCS investigations clear John Barker, Yolanda Martin, both exit

John Barker, MSCS' deputy superintendent of business and finance, has retired. Yolanda Martin, MSCS' chief of human resources, has resigned. → Read More

When will MSCS have a new superintendent? Here is the timeline

The Memphis district will hold community input sessions in December. → Read More

Retired teacher Chism re-elected to Collierville school board alongside newcomer Blair

A crowded Collierville school board race went to newcomer Keri Blair for Position 4. → Read More

Election results 2022: Who won school board seats in Bartlett, Lakeland and Millington?

Find school board results from the November 2022 election. → Read More

Germantown school board chair Griffith re-elected, newcomer Chatham wins Position 2 seat

Germantown re-elected Angela Griffith, the current chair of the school board, and voted to bring newcomer Daniel Chatham to Position 2. → Read More

Infant found dead at hotel near Memphis airport

The death of the infant, a 5-month-old girl, is under investigation, the Memphis Police Department said. → Read More

Memphis teacher unions clash as one makes formal step toward bargaining new contract

Based on conflicting statements from the unions and a lack of clarity from the district, it's unclear what's next and when bargaining could start. → Read More

Missing woman found buried in Midtown garden, documents show

A missing woman was found buried in a Midtown garden earlier this year and her relative has been charged with abuse of a corpse, court documents show. → Read More

Nationwide test shows Memphis students suffered some of greatest pandemic losses

While Tennessee saw declines in line with other states across the country, Memphis declines were more severe. → Read More

MSCS top human resources official on leave amid investigation

The MSCS board chair said Martin's leave is not related to a harassment and discrimination complaint she recently filed about her supervisor John Barker. → Read More

MSCS has used pepper spray 32 times to stop fights. Board members are asking questions

Records show MSCS has used pepper spray this school year across 18 middle and high schools to break up fights, most of which took place inside a school building. → Read More

Memphis activist Frank Johnson appointed to MSCS school board

Commissioners appointed Frank Johnson, an environmental justice advocate and former teacher, to the MSCS school board. → Read More

Tennessee education officials consider changes to school ratings system

Tennessee Department of Education officials have asked district leaders how they see 'A' and 'F' schools and how the state should measure school growth. → Read More

Althea Greene poised to lead MSCS board through search for new superintendent

Greene will replace Michelle McKissack, who recently announced she is considering a run for Memphis mayor in 2023. → Read More

Former Memphis-Shelby County Schools teacher indicted on sex crimes against children

The man, who became a teacher for the district in January 2016, records show, is facing four felony charges for sexual exploitation of a minor. → Read More

MSCS board member's union files suit against district, discourages new teacher contract

The MSCS board chair said the suit places "the risk of conflict of interest...on full display" for board member Keith Williams, who disputes the claim. → Read More

Map: Daylong Memphis shooting spree left 4 dead, spanned several miles, crossed state line

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis connected suspect Ezekiel Kelly, 19, to a sequence of seven shootings across Memphis. Authorities said formal charges on suspicion of the shootings would be forthcoming. → Read More

How a 19-year-old's fatal shooting spree unfolded in Memphis, forcing citywide lockdown

When Memphis police issued a citywide lockdown at 7 p.m. for a shooting suspect, two people had already died. Here's what police say happened on Wednesday. → Read More