Plaintiffs challenge speedy rollout, among other things
John Barker, deputy superintendent for strategic operations and finance, will remain on leave pending the outcome of an investigation
Strickland argues that parents and families have ‘allowed’ thousands of teens to skip or drop out of school
Some balk over state guidance suggesting that they catalog their classroom collections
A ‘number cruncher’ who isn’t expected to seek the job on a permanent basis
‘I’m ready to share our stories,’ says Melissa Collins, the state’s new chief education ambassador
Schwinn cites uneven participation rates of students taking state TCAP tests
MSCS board chair says investigation into Ray is now at a point where “the board and the public must be reengaged regarding the status of this issue”
In an interview with Chalkbeat, Antonio Burt reflects on his tenure so far and his vision for this year and beyond

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Nearly half of the district’s schools also earn individual Level 5 marks, a sign of recovery from pandemic
College president’s mockery of teacher training won’t necessarily dash hopes to bring charters to the state
Even with Memphis-Shelby County Schools’ superintendent on leave, district leaders say they’re focused on supporting students and continuing academic growth
Over 100,000 Memphis-Shelby County Schools students and 6,000 teachers will return to classrooms on Monday. But the superintendent remains on leave.
Local governments in Nashville and Memphis failed to show that an injunction was warranted, the judges ruled
Six Memphis school board candidates reap donations from a political action committee intent on improving social and economic mobility in Shelby County.
Personnel records include evaluations of one of the women who worked under Ray at Memphis City Schools’ Office of Alternative Schools
Memphis board disregarded recommendation to deny Frayser network’s proposal, and instead approved Westside Middle School, which has an anti-racist theme.
Speedy voucher rollout draws hopeful families, more legal challenges
Lee meets with private school leaders, while his education chief acknowledges the timeline is ‘challenging’
The vacancies signal persistent teacher shortages in Memphis and across Tennessee and the nation
The legal move comes as the state prepares to officially relaunch the program
Board names counsel to lead inquiry into whether Ray violated district policies on relationships with co-workers.
Gov. Bill Lee said the state will work “starting today” toward enrolling students.
The meeting comes less than a week after the board launched an external review of Ray
Some candidates worry that national culture wars will overshadow local education issues
Action follows reports about court filings alleging that Ray had adulterous relationships, possibly with current or former district employees
Lee says comments were taken out of context, but teacher groups say governor should have repudiated insults
Nearly 17% of Memphis students in grades 3-12 performed at or above grade-level expectations in math and English
Officials plan renovations and an addition to better accommodate special education and music programs
The proposed upgrades are part of an ongoing push to improve safety and security at Tennessee’s largest school district
District scales back its ambitions after coming up short in request for county funding
Scores rise across all subjects and grades, largely returning to pre-COVID levels, but disparities persist
The court order marks another win for Gov. Bill Lee, but more legal challenges loom