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Packed house for Bartlett schools rally

Supporters of Bartlett schools packed the auditorium at Bethel Church on Friday night to collect yard signs and hear from an all-star lineup of speakers. Stressing the importance of voting YES! for Bartlett schools on July 16, the rally was … Continue reading

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Better Bartlett Birthday Bash

Julie Ray of the Bartlett Express profiles Better Bartlett Schools in a story about the surprise birthday party we threw for Mayor Keith McDonald: Better Bartlett Schools is an informal citizens group formed about a year ago by Leadership Bartlett … Continue reading

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What kind of school system is best for Bartlett?

An editorial posted to the Main Street Journal takes a look at the school consolidation debate and the decision now facing Bartlett: Each community should be allowed to control its own destiny, and each parent should be allowed to determine … Continue reading

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Commercial Appeal columnist points to race as school motive

In an editorial today, the Commercial Appeal’s Otis L. Sanford joins Fox 13 in suggesting a racial motive behind efforts to create a city school system in Bartlett: But while the secession that occurred in the 1970s was based purely … Continue reading

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News roundup: Michelle Rhee, teacher layoffs, virtual schools

A clip of education reformer Michelle Rhee, speaking in Memphis yesterday to the Southern Leadership Conference Priminent National Education Reformer Making a Home in Nashville (with additional video) Ex-Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee gives take on education Teacher layoffs … Continue reading

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NEA denounces Teach for America

At its annual conference the National Teachers Association, the nation’s largest labor union, “lambasted” Teach for America, for what NEA calls “efforts by TFA to ‘union bust’ in districts across the country.” NEA delegate Marianne Bratsanos also denounced corporations and … Continue reading

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Director of Schools in Nashville plans “innovation zone”

The City Paper’s Joey Garrison reports Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Jesse Register will create a new “innovation zone” comprised of 10 low-performing schools, “hoping to stave off state intervention.” Under the approach, a new executive director will oversee the … Continue reading

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Encouraging young students to read

The Tennessee Department of Education has launched a website “to encourage reading in the early grades.” Readtennessee.org is “designed to allow teachers, families and community members to work together for the benefit of young children throughout the state of Tennessee.” … Continue reading

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46 teachers cut from Memphis City Schools

The “last in first out” rule strikes again as Memphis City Schools selects another group of employees for the third in a series of layoffs: Most of those laid off Tuesday taught English, history, social studies or vocational subjects. All … Continue reading

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TCAP scores improve in Tennessee, Memphis, Shelby County

Students are scoring better on tests administered by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), but grade-level proficiency remains low. Statewide, average elementary school math scores jumped 7 percent while reading scores rose by 3.7 percent. But only 41 percent of … Continue reading

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