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December 10, 2013
Shelby County school board approves agreement with Germantown
Shelby County's school board approved its final agreement with Germantown in a special-called meeting Tuesday. The vote brings to close a months-long debate over which schools will be absorbed by six municipalities that don't want to be part of the merged Shelby County School district.
December 10, 2013
Shelby County administrators say missing items in audit worth less than $5 million
Shelby County administrators told board members today that the missing items cited in a scathing audit last week were only worth about ten percent of the estimated $48 million.
December 3, 2013
Missing items in Shelby County stem from outdated, unchecked procedures, superintendent says
Shelby County school officials said Tuesday that outdated and unchecked procedures led to thousands of items going missing, including cars, laptops and air conditioners. Those…
December 3, 2013
Audit finds $48 million of equipment missing
During one of the largest school mergers in the nation's history, Memphis and Shelby County School officials lost track of more than $48 million worth of school equipment, according to a recent audit.
November 27, 2013
Teach For America contract in Memphis area approved, despite concerns
Shelby County's merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night's board meeting, despite concerns about the program's recruitment fee.
November 20, 2013
Shelby County board members debate role of Teach For America in Memphis schools
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Shelby County board members and superintendent Dorsey Hopson debated the role of Teach For America in Memphis schools. The…
November 8, 2013
Here’s a roundup of what educators and politicians are saying about NAEP
There was interesting discussion Thursday about how Tennessee did on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” As Chalkbeat…
October 30, 2013
No mass teacher layoffs in municipalities planned, Hopson says
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said at Monday's board meeting and again in a letter on Tuesday that no decisions had yet been made about how teachers in schools that are set to leave the county district will be affected by the separation. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson reiterated to the public Tuesday that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans of laying off hundreds of teachers and administrators at schools set to be absorbed by breakaway municipal districts at the end of this schools year. Six districts have threatened to leave the county's school system. How teachers will be affected if their schools join a municipal district is an unresolved question. " I know that rumors about potential staffing changes within our district have come up," Hopson said in a letter addressed to the public and posted on the district's Tumblr page. "So I want to be very clear that no such decisions or recommendations have been made. Shelby County Schools is absolutely committed to retaining a high-quality workforce, and we will do that with care and consideration."
October 28, 2013
Shelby board approves plan to keep students after municipalities break off
Shelby County's school board proceeded with a controversial plan Monday to keep more than a thousand students and four schools from being absorbed by six municipal districts set to open next school year. The board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that would allow the superintendent to lease several buildings to the municipalities. The resolution also allows the administration to begin planning to serve more than 1,000 students who live in Memphis but attend schools in the municipalities. Board members devised the plan to cushion the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. By holding on to the students, Shelby would also hold on to the per-pupil funding that follows them. Board member David Pickler voted against the resolution and board member David Reaves abstained from the vote. Pickler, Reaves, and dozens of Germantown residents in attendance Monday argued that the public didn't have enough time to vet the resolution and express their opinion before the board voted.
October 23, 2013
Shelby County superintendent proposes to take back schools, students
Shelby County school administrators proposed Tuesday to keep four schools and thousands of students from being absorbed by six municipalities that want to break away from the district. The proposal would keep millions of tax dollars that follow students in county coffers, cushioning the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. They would lose another $22 million if the county keeps intact the school zoning map that determines where students go to school, officials said last night. Shelby superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the plan would be the least disruptive to the more than 150,000 students who attend public schools in Shelby County. "Continuity for the students was a big driver here," Hopson told board members.
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