Caroline Bauman

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Students, experts, and educators will discuss their ideas on how CRT debates and proposed book bans are affecting schools. Here’s our reading list.
You’re invited to join the conversation with students and educators on March 31.
Chalkbeat Tennessee will keep you updated via text messages on important Memphis-Shelby County Schools board decisions every month.
Beginning next school year, Tennessee teachers will have to restrict their instruction on race and racism under newly passed legislation that’s likely to become law.
Graduation is going to look a lot different this year. Chalkbeat Tennessee wanted to give Memphis valedictorians a virtual stage to share their speeches with the world.
Chalkbeat Tennessee gave Memphis valedictorians a virtual stage to share their speeches with the world.
Chalkbeat asked Tennessee students what life and education is like in the coronavirus era. The students’ experiences showcase the vast range of approaches to remote learning that districts have taken.
When Deidra Hawkins was running a summer camp for young girls in Memphis, she remembers one particular student that she just didn’t know what to do with. Hawkins shared her story with Chalkbeat and more than 100 Memphians.
At an event that felt like a school pride rally, Aspire Public Schools announced that the state department of education approved turning over its four schools to a new Memphis charter operator, Journey Community Schools.
This vote will finally decide the fate of Southwest Early College High School more than three months after Shelby County Schools board members voted 5-3 to shut it down.
Tennessee wants to return 30 state-run charter schools to local districts in Memphis and Nashville no later than the fall of 2022, but also wants to retain its state-run district to possibly take over other chronically low-performing schools, says a proposal being unveiled this week.
“Most of our students struggle to read very simple words,” Woodstock Middle School teacher Loren Smith said. “If I were a millionaire, I’d provide a library, a preschool/daycare center, and a community center.
The fellowship is Freedom Prep’s answer to calls for the 10-year-old charter organization to expand outside of Memphis, said founder Roblin Webb. It’s also her solution to getting more people like her, a black woman who launched schools where she grew up, into the charter business.
Three Memphis schools in the Achievement School District have joined a growing list of buildings with water sources that contain unsafe lead levels, but the vast majority of schools in the district have yet to be tested.
Jamilyn Cole’s own experiences as a young student with disabilities put her on a long, winding path to becoming a special education teacher at Libertas School of Memphis.
A dozen parents gathered at a private Christian school in southeast Memphis were the first to hear details from state officials about Tennessee’s new education savings accounts.
Over the past six years, half the teachers on average were new to the 30 schools in the Achievement School District, created to turn around the state’s lowest-performing schools. But the district – with three-quarters of its students coming from poverty – has struggled to make academic gains.
Some charter leaders in the Achievement School District fear further state cuts could seriously affect special education programs in the state’s district of students with some of the highest needs.