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Laura Faith Kebede
Laura Faith Kebede covers Memphis schools. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and most recently covered county government, schools and religion at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.
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1 month ago
Amplified U: Education Equity Conference 2019, Memphis
Campaign for School Equity is hosting its inaugural conference on education equity to celebrate and empower our students’ efforts to transform schools in our communities.
1 day ago
As Memphis responds to Brandon Webber’s death, school leaders look for new ways to help students
Some have wondered what else could have been done while he was in school to prevent his death.
2 days ago
Rise & Shine: Memphis man sought and killed by federal law enforcement was also a former student leader
COMMUNITY UNREST Before Brandon Webber was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals, before his name was the center of national news, he was in a…
2 days ago
Students, educators, parents: How are you dealing with the latest officer-involved shooting in Memphis?
In the aftermath of the killing of Brandon Webber, Chalkbeat wants to hear from you.
2 days ago
Memphis reels after Central High graduate Brandon Webber, a former student leader, was killed in altercation with law enforcement
Memphis school leaders said they would provide grief counselors to students after U.S. Marshals shot and killed a 2017 graduate of Central High School.
2 days ago
In rare move, University of Memphis middle school could share building with East High
The university has been scrambling to find another building for its middle school since March, in part because of a lease requirement with the Catholic Church.
3 days ago
Rise & Shine: One teacher shares his concern for students who may use new voucher-like program
FIRST PERSON I’m a public school teacher in Memphis. Here’s why the state’s new voucher-like program worries me. Chalkbeat SHUT DOWN A Nashville school…
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June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
May 24, 2019
Rise & Shine: Best friends headed to college as first in their families on scholarship
CLASS OF 2019 Two Memphis students have done everything together – including earning full-tuition scholarships to the same college. Chalkbeat The valedictorian at Trezevant…
May 23, 2019
Rise & Shine: Could church vans inspire a solution to student absenteeism?
PICK UP Church vans serve as an inspiration on how to combat student absenteeism in Detroit. Chalkbeat JOB TRAINING Hamilton County students, who have…
May 17, 2019
Memphis school leaders plan to ask the county for at least an additional $10 million for next school year
The 2019-20 budget is the first for Superintendent Joris Ray, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and a majority of the 13-member county commission.
May 16, 2019
Rise & Shine: What some groups say are most needed in Memphis schools
SCHOOL FINANCE A group of Memphis teachers are pushing district and county leaders for report card translations, additional support staff to help traumatized students, and…
May 15, 2019
Advocacy groups push for Spanish translations, emotional support, and better facilities at Memphis schools
District officials and county commissioners at the meeting said they agreed with the teachers’ requests in principle, though they sometimes differed on specifics.
May 15, 2019
Rescheduled: SCS is 901, Memphis
Shelby County Schools is hosting a free night of food, fun, and live performances at the Levitt Shell for the debut of a story series…
May 14, 2019
New Memphis program encourages more students to pursue careers in construction
The after-school program is Gov. Bill Lee’s latest push to train more high school students to enter careers straight out of high school.
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