The proposed upgrades are part of an ongoing push to improve safety and security at Tennessee’s largest school district
New federal legislation will help keep school meal programs financially afloat this fall and get more food to kids this summer.
The court order marks another win for Gov. Bill Lee, but more legal challenges loom
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The four-year pact will boost base hourly wages to $15
Lee rejects universal background checks and banning gun equipment used in mass shootings
‘We have to do more,’ he says, but gun control isn’t on his list
Board rejects custodial contract over lingering questions
With more legal challenges pending, ‘there can’t be any steps going forward,’ Gov. Lee concedes
Critics of a 2021 permit-less carry law call again for limiting gun access
Over 25 Kingsbury parents, students, teachers, neighborhood residents, and community activists gathered Monday to voice their concerns about the school and discuss the path forward.
Cheers, frustrations, and promises to fight follow after Tennessee’s highest court overrules lower courts, clearing an obstacle to the state’s private school voucher law.
The proposed fiscal year 2023 budget would give teachers a 2% pay raise and $1,500 retention bonuses.
The ruling effectively endorses Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program, the signature legislation of his first year in office.
The $20 million center will centralize and strengthen the state’s 65 existing “grow your own” teacher preparation programs.
Memphis-Shelby County Schools wants a “fresh start” at Kingsbury High School. The community says it wants to be heard.
Jerica Phillips has served as the district’s top communications chief since 2020.
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Gov. Lee will also sign bill to let a state commission veto school library materials
Republicans step up their campaign against books deemed ‘age inappropriate’
The goal is more funding for students with costlier needs, but will it be enough?
District officials say high school internships allow students to get a head start on career exploration, years before they have to choose a major or job.
The legislation on Black history instruction comes at a turning point in U.S. history education nationwide
Instead of addressing flood-prone schools, the money appears to go into Tennessee’s rainy day fund
The proposed 30% increase from the current custodial services contract would increase the base pay rate for employees to $15 per hour from $10.
The announcement comes ahead of this week’s key committee votes on TISA.
In an exclusive interview with Chalkbeat, Joris Ray discusses how he has managed to stay positive amid turmoil
A late amendment seeks to pave the way for negotiations — or litigation
The hires include two assistant superintendents overseeing academics at the middle and high school levels, and a deputy chief of security to bolster safety.
Schools could lose state funding for letting transgender youth compete in girls sports
Some senators are torn about state legislation aimed at a local matter.
With Billy Orgel’s late decision not to seek reelection, Amber Huett-Garcia is the only candidate running for District 8.
Who will be tested, and on what? We address these and other common questions.
Assistant principal Natasha Smith considers her KIPP co-workers and students family because they stand together or are “ten toes down for each other.”
The state’s voucher program for students with disabilities could double in size.
As leading health officials warn of an accelerating youth mental health crisis, students from across Tennessee say laws limiting how topics like institutional racism and white privilege can be taught are disheartening.
Students, experts, and educators will discuss their ideas on how CRT debates and proposed book bans are affecting schools. Here’s our reading list.
2021 Teacher of the Year finalist Adrian Hampton reflects on how he teaches after losing a student to gun violence and facing grieving students and an eerily empty desk.
Tennessee bill could subject school librarians with criminal penalties over books deemed obscene by local boards.
During the last week of Women’s History Month and year-round, educators and parents can celebrate authors, stories, and heroines that illuminate the richness of Tennessee culture.
Planning is still underway, but the Brenda Rogers Parent Resource Center may include a food pantry, a clothing donation closet, computers, and extra space for parent advocacy training.
You’re invited to join the conversation with students and educators on March 31.
Superintendent Joris Ray grabbed parents and students’ attention when he floated the idea of a year-round school calendar last month. Here’s what research says about the “balanced” calendar.