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1. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution -

In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.

2. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

3. School Closings Votes Leave Issues -

Shelby County Schools board members completed Tuesday, Feb. 25, the first half of their actions to prepare the new map of the demerged school system for the academic year that begins in August. And they set the stage for more possible changes in years to come.

4. School Board Approves 10 School Closings -

The Shelby County Schools board voted Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close 10 Memphis schools with the new school year.

But the final plan approved by the board on a split vote and recommended by superintendent Dorsey Hopson gave a one-year reprieve on closing Northside High School, removed Alcy Elementary School from the list completely and keeps Riverview Middle School open but closes neighboring Riverview Elementary School to make Riverview Middle a k-8 school starting next August.

5. School Board to Weigh 13 Closings -

Shelby County School board members could vote Tuesday, Feb. 25, on a set of 13 school closings the board has been considering since last April.

But the final recommendation from Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is likely to be a shorter list.

6. Public Hearing Thursday on School Closings -

Shelby County Schools board members and staff will hold a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 16, on the school system’s still-tentative plan to look at closing 13 schools in August.

The information session and public comments start at 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood St.

7. Carver, Westwood Off School-Closing List -

Carver High School has survived another attempt to close it.

Small and declining enrollment at Carver since the 1980s led Memphis City Schools leaders to propose closing the school several times. And in April, Shelby County Schools leaders put the South Memphis high school on a list of schools for possible closure, citing low enrollment, under-utilization of the building and low student performance.

8. School Board Approves Germantown Schools Agreement -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an agreement with the forming Germantown Schools municipal district Tuesday, Dec. 10, that SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson said kicks off a period of even greater change for public education in Memphis.

9. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

10. Humes Remembers Past, Reflects Future -

Elvis Presley’s alma mater is a very different place these days. But then again, so is the structure of public education in Memphis.

For starters, Humes High School has been a middle school for some time.

11. Fairview to Transition to Optional School -

The school year that begins next week will be the last for Fairview Middle School as a conventional school.

The school at the Mid-South Fairgrounds will be converted to an optional school under a resolution approved Tuesday, July 30, by the countywide school board, and will have a program focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – or a STEAM emphasis.

12. School Board Begins Schools Closing Process -

The countywide school board should begin public hearings in August as a first step toward considering the closings of a dozen schools in the 2014-2015 school year.

The board voted Tuesday, April 30, to begin the process.

13. School Board Begins Schools Closing Process -

The countywide school board should begin public hearings in August as a first step toward considering the closings of a dozen schools in the 2014-2015 school year.

The board voted Tuesday, April 30, to begin the process.

14. School Board Delays Supt. Search, Approves Merger Outsourcing Contracts -

Countywide school board members voted Tuesday, April 30, to move their search for a merger superintendent beyond the August start of the merger.

But the board voted down a resolution asking Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays to consider delaying the merger itself.

15. Crosstown Leaders Discuss Ambitious Project -

Leaders of the Crosstown Development Project talked this month with The Memphis News editorial board about their plans for the adaptive reuse of the 1.5 million-square-foot, circa-1927 Sears Crosstown building.

16. Humes Optional School Scrubbed by Schools Board -

Plans for an optional school at Humes Middle School in the new school year were called off Tuesday, March 19, by the countywide school board.

Bravo Academy was to be an optional school for the musical arts with Humes closed as a conventional school by the school system.

17. Aitken Buyout Approved -

The contract of Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken has been bought out by the countywide school board at Aitken’s request. And it takes effect immediately.

The board decision came after a closed session with the board’s attorneys for nearly an hour Tuesday, March 19.

18. School Board To Consider Reversing Course On Humes -

Countywide school board members meeting in special session Tuesday, March 19, will consider a recommendation to change or alter plans for an optional school for the musical arts at Humes Middle School and instead turn the school over to the state-led Achievement School District.

19. Barbic Says Coexistence at Humes Possible -

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District believes there is room at Humes Middle School for an optional school and the ASD charter school now at Gordon Elementary School.

20. Humes Middle School Future Plans Debated -

The Achievement School District wants to move its Gordon Science & Arts Academy out of Gordon Elementary School next school year and into Humes Middle School.

21. August Schools Merger Deadline Remains -

The countywide school board voted down two attempts to add resolutions to its agenda Monday, Feb. 18, including one seeking a year’s extension of the August 2013 schools merger start date and another seeking to slow the process while still meeting the date.

22. School Board Votes Down Adding Merger Delay Resolutions -

The countywide school board voted down two attempts to add resolutions to its agenda Monday, Feb. 18, including one seeking a year’s extension of the Aug. 2013 schools merger start date and another seeking to slow movement but not stop it toward the merger date.

23. Historic Opportunity -

The best look at the competition conventional public schools in Memphis face begins at Humes Middle School, which recently got some attention for the birthday anniversary of a student who went there in the 1950s.

24. Countywide School Board Acts on Recommendations -

Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools become a single consolidated school system in August with the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The countywide school board will get around to hiring a search firm to pick a merger superintendent at its meeting next week. And the goal is to pick a superintendent by mid-February.

25. Huffman Not In School Talks -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman won’t be involved in any meetings this week aimed at some type of agreement among all of the parties in the municipal schools district federal court case.

26. Gordon Elementary Not Part of State-Led District -

Leaders of the Achievement School District will announce Friday, Dec. 14, which schools in the Memphis City Schools system they plan to include in the state-led school district next school year.

And as the announcement nears, they are also making it clear that Gordon Elementary School will not be on the list of 10 schools. Gordon also is not on the list of 14 Memphis elementary and middle schools under consideration.

27. Hearings About To Begin on School Closings -

Memphis City Schools officials were to begin a series of public hearings on proposed school closings Monday, Dec. 10, at Coro Lake Elementary in southwest Memphis.

That was the tentative date set as the board took the first step last month toward the school closings. But the countywide school board will be discussing a confirmed schedule and possibly release it at the board's Tuesday, Dec. 11, work session.

28. Board Votes to Close, Convert Schools -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel warned school administrators that they may be pushed aside if they don’t come up with recommendations that produce more efficiencies and save more money for the soon-to-be-merged school systems.

29. School Board Starts Process on School Closings-Transformations -

Countywide school board members voted Thursday, Nov. 29, to begin the process of considering the closing of four elementary schools in western Memphis and the conversion of two other inner city schools in what amounts to a move to compete with the Achievement School District.

30. Cash Puts Five Elementary Schools On List For Closing Consideration -

Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash is proposing the countywide school board consider closing five elementary schools and turn Humes Middle School over to the state-run Achievement School District.

31. Project GRAD Could be High School Answer -

The Achievement School District’s first venture into high school education in Memphis with the 2012-2013 school year would be a new school as an option for those in 15 Memphis high schools.

Project GRAD would not be a conventional charter school operating within any existing high school in Memphis.

32. Achievement School District Weighs 10 Additions -

The state-run Achievement School District will add 10 more Memphis schools in the 2013-2014 school year, the first year of the schools merger in Shelby County.

The 10 schools to be run under state control or with charter school operators selected by the state will be announced Dec. 17. That’s also when leaders of the district will announce which schools they will run directly and which ones will be operated by charters.

33. Opening Bell -

By bricks and mortar, the last school year of separate Memphis City and Shelby County schools that began Monday, Aug. 6, looked about like most school years.

But before the two school systems merge there will be plenty of evidence of larger changes that would be happening even with no merger a year from now.

34. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools -

Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District

Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.

35. State ASD Charter Schools Unveiled -

Memphis City Schools officials formally turned over the school buildings Tuesday, June 5, that will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting with the new school year in August.

36. Five Charter Schools Cos. to Open in Memphis -

Five charter school companies have been selected to open schools in Memphis as part of the state-run Achievement School District in the 2013-2014 school year.

Aspire Public Schools, Capstone Education Group, Gestalt Community Schools, KIPP Memphis and Rocketship Education were picked after a review process by ASD officials who begin the special school district that includes the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student performance.

37. ASD Spells Out School Changes -

Now that the state’s Achievement School District has named the three Memphis City Schools in which it will run charter schools and three others that will be run by the state as neighborhood schools, the move to a swift transition by August begins.

38. State Targets Six Schools to Operate -

A group of six Memphis city elementary and middle schools are about to change substantially in the next year as the state has announced it will step in to run them.

The changes announced this week as part of the state-run Achievement School District underscore larger changes to education across the country along the lines of charter school reforms.

39. Lester and Gordon Elementary Get State-Run Charter Schools -

Lester Elementary School and Gordon Elementary School will be converted to state-run charter schools under the state’s achievement school district.

40. Schools Face Big Budget Holes as Stimulus Runs Out -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's public schools are falling under severe financial stress as states slash education spending and drain federal stimulus money that staved off deep classroom cuts and widespread job losses.

41. The Flintco Cos. Names Musson Business Development Director -

Troy Musson has been hired by The Flintco Cos. Inc. as its director of business development for Flintco’s Memphis and Springdale, Ark., offices.

42. Archived Article: Daily Digest - MasterCard settles

MasterCard settles

debit card lawsuit
MasterCard International agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and millions of other retailers over its debit card policies, hours before the trial was expecte...

43. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Northwest to release results Wednesday

Northwest to release

results Wednesday

Northwest Airlines will conduct a live audio webcast of a conference call to discuss first quarter results at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A webcast can be accessed a...

44. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Smart art brings beauty, culture to school hallways

hSmart art brings beauty, culture to school hallways

By STACEY WIEDOWER

The Daily News

It often is taken for granted, but as Memphis grows and evolves, artwork is assuming a visible pre...

45. Archived Article: Tech Focus Chg - NetDay Sending "Technology Resource Kits" to K-12 Principals to Assist in Applying for E-Rate and Connecting to Internet Schools connect to the Net Memphis City Schools goal to connect every classroom to the Web could become reality with E-rate fund...

46. Archived Article: Memos - Ruth Wallace Archer, a teacher at Oak Forest Elementary School; Patricia Willkinson Sutton, a teacher at Sherwood Middle School; and Raydine J. Yarbrough, a teacher at Florida Elementary School have been named finalists in the National Science Found...

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48. Archived Article: Memos - Frank A Frank A. Watson has joined Palmer Brothers Inc. and will specialize in commercial and investment sales and leasing. Watson has been in the real estate business for the past 29 years and is a graduate of the University of Memphis. James P. Co...

49. Archived Article: Gov Briefs - Memphis Defence Depot was awarded a $1.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist the 639 workers who were laid off when the depot closed in September. The grant will be distributed through the Private Industry Council to provide the ...

50. Archived Article: Standout Haynes Lj - Never give up Never give up Shelby County educator honored for 37 years of service By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News After serving 37 years with the Shelby County Schools system, a former educator offers his successors some very simple advice to keep...