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News and opinion roundup: School board races almost set, and the County Commission unites Memphians, suburbanites

Bill Dries: Suburban School Board Races Almost Set In Bartlett: Erin E. Berry was effectively elected to the position 2 seat when Anne Edmiston withdrew from the race at the deadline. The other four positions are contested races William Busler … 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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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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Are charter schools a cause for celebration or concern?

With news the KIPP charter school network plans to expand in Memphis in 2012, the Commercial Appeal editorial board grudgingly concedes there’s a place for charter schools in “the student achievement fight.” Students in KIPP schools, including KIPP Memphis, have … Continue reading

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Stand says county should ‘demand a plan for our schools’

The local chapter of Stand for Children, a sprawling non-profit child advocacy group with affiliates in nine states, is conducting a survey to determine what respondents want out of a “merged city-county district.” The chapter has launched a website for … Continue reading

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A closer look at Judge Mays and the consolidation lawsuit

Two items of note appear in today’s Commercial Appeal: Jane Roberts’ profile of Samuel Hardwicke “Hardy” Mays, the U.S. District Court judge who will decide the school consolidation lawsuit, and Zack McMillin’s review of the major questions at stake. Additional … Continue reading

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