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January 4, 2018
Grade changing at some Memphis schools prompts state order for more audits
In her sternest comments yet on the widening Memphis scandal, Tennessee's education chief calls findings of the recent grading investigation “extremely troubling.”
December 19, 2017
Hopson halts ‘grade floors’ as second Memphis high school implicated in grade-changing probe
The developments reflect the widening scope of an investigation into allegations of falsified grades at Memphis high schools.
Movers & shakers
December 15, 2017
Former Tennessee Teacher of the Year will lead citywide reading program
Though she won’t be with the district anymore, Karen Vogelsang will still be working toward goals set out by Shelby County Schools in her new position.
December 14, 2017
We read all 279 pages of reports about grade changes in Memphis. Here are five big takeaways.
Reports detailing how grades were falsified at one school open the door to look at the scope of grade-changing at other Memphis high schools. Here are the highlights.
vote of confidence
December 13, 2017
Despite emerging grading scandal, Hopson gets longer contract — and a raise
The board voted to keep Hopson as superintendent until at least 2020, and to increase his annual pay from $269,000 to $285,000.
December 13, 2017
Hopson says more firings possible as investigators dig deeper into Memphis grade changing
The superintendent also brings up the possibility of a criminal investigation into an emerging scandal that began with Trezevant High School.
December 8, 2017
Memphis orders a deeper probe into high school grade changes
Shelby County Schools is following up on a firm’s recommendation for additional investigation at high schools with a high number of grade changes.
December 7, 2017
Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession
Superintendents from suburban Memphis say their towns' 2014 pullout from Shelby County Schools hasn't hurt the urban district — but it has.
December 6, 2017
Grade changes pervasive in Memphis high schools, analysis shows
Trezevant High, which prompted the investigation, isn't the high school with the most grade changes in Shelby County Schools, according to the probe.
November 29, 2017
As Tennessee governor’s race ramps up, so does the conversation around schools
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education unveils five priorities aimed at moving Tennessee up from the middle of the pack on student achievement.
November 27, 2017
Memphis lawyer may be kept on contract to advise school board
A proposal to extend Herman Morris Jr.’s contract with the Shelby County Schools board for a year is up for discussion Tuesday, with a likely vote next week.
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November 22, 2017
Burdened by school retiree costs, Memphis leaders explore dropping new-hire benefits
The school board considers options for addressing its $1 billion-plus retirement liability with Shelby County Schools.
Who's In Charge
November 10, 2017
What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
The author was David Osborne, and his new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools,” argues that city school districts should stop directly running schools.
November 1, 2017
Enrollment rises in Shelby County Schools for first time since suburban split
The gain was modest but serendipitous for a district that was bracing for another small decline.
October 25, 2017
Thousands of Memphis families opt out of sharing contact info with charter schools
Now board members are left with a choice: hand over the rest of the names, or face a lawsuit from the state.
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