Editorial Results (free)
1. SCS Leaders Question TNReady Credibility
- Thursday, April 19, 2018
Shelby County Schools board members are questioning the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.
“I believe this was intentional,” school board member Stephanie Love said Tuesday, April 17, at a board work session, noting that the test results are used to evaluate teachers as well as students and schools. “We are the largest poor school district in the state of Tennessee. If something continues to happen, it is intentional.”
2. SCS Leaders Question Credibility of TNReady Testing
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Shelby County Schools board members say they question the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.
“I believe this was intentional,” school board member Stephanie Love said Tuesday, April 17, at a board work session, noting that the test results are used to evaluate teachers as well as students and schools. “We are the largest poor school district in the state of Tennessee. … If something continues to happen, it is intentional.”
3. Last Word: SCS Plans For $15, IRIS Matinees and The Hard Hit Fund
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
“From a financial standpoint, we need our fans back and we need them back now.” University of Memphis president David Rudd breaking the university’s silence on the basketball coaching change that was made formal Tuesday with the announcement that Penny Hardaway is indeed the new coach. And Hardaway had a lot to say that Tigers fans and Memphians wanted to hear.
4. Shelby County Schools Debates Funding Strategy for Budget
- Thursday, June 1, 2017
Shelby County Schools board members approved a two-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 school year for superintendent Dorsey Hopson Tuesday, May 30, with no debate or discussion and sent a combined $1.3 billion operating and capital budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission for approval.
5. Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing
- Thursday, February 2, 2017
Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.
The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Jan. 31, to close Carnes after SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson withdrew his recommendation to close Dunbar.
6. Last Word: TNReady Scores, Ikea Day and 901REnews
- Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Snap goes the streak. Cavs over the Grizz in Cleveland Tuesday 103-86. The Cavs are here Wednesday without LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving. For the Grizz, we shall see about Deyonta Davis who came out of Tuesday’s game with a left foot injury.
7. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram
- Friday, September 30, 2016
Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.
8. Libertas Roof Repairs Raise Questions for SCS
- Thursday, June 30, 2016
As expected, the Shelby County Schools board approved two new charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, June 28, and turned down eight other charter applications for now.
What wasn’t expected during the board meeting was approving $165,000 in funding for an emergency roof repair at Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori method-charter school in Frayser that is part of the state-run Achievement School District.
9. Joint SCS-ASD Raleigh School Off for Now, But Debate Continues
- Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Shelby County Schools system has turned down a collaboration with the state-run Achievement School District on an Innovation Zone middle school in Raleigh.
SCS will instead turn Raleigh-Egypt High School into a grade 6-12 school, which will compete with the ASD charter school that also opens in August at nearby Raleigh-Egypt Middle School.
10. SCS Budget Quest About More Than Dollar Figures
- Wednesday, May 18, 2016
When the Shelby County Commission meets next week to look over the budget proposal approved Monday, May 16, by the Shelby County Schools board, there will be a debate that goes beyond the bottom line dollar figures and line items.
11. SCS Board Eyes Three Charter School Closings
- Thursday, April 28, 2016
Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, April 26, to close three Memphis charter schools performing in the bottom 5 percent of all schools statewide in terms of student achievement.
And the board set in motion a series of public hearing on closing two conventional high schools – Northside and Carver – as well as the Messick Adult Center.
12. SCS Board Votes To Close Three Charters
- Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, April 26, to close three Memphis charter schools in the bottom five percent of all schools state wide in terms of student achievement. And the board set in motion a series of public hearing on closing two conventional high schools – Northside and Carver -- as well as the Messick Adult Center.
13. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.
The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.
14. Shelby County Schools Eyes Crosstown
- Thursday, November 19, 2015
Shelby County Schools wants to open a high school at Crosstown Concourse. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson confirmed the school district’s interest Wednesday, Nov. 18.
“We’ve spoken with some of the local funders about putting together some plan to ensure that there are some high-quality options there,” Hopson said. “There are a number of different ways that we’re thinking about it. But absolutely we would love to be a part of it.”
15. Hopson Calls Off Hillcrest-Whitehaven Merger For Now
- Thursday, October 1, 2015
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is calling off a plan to merge Hillcrest High School into Whitehaven High School and turn Hillcrest into a ninth grade academy.
Hopson told school board members Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the school system will wait to see if the state-run Achievement School District matches Hillcrest with a charter school operator and takes it into the ASD next school year.
16. Germantown Schools To Look At New Elementary School
- Friday, May 29, 2015
The Germantown Municipal School District is going to explore building a new elementary school and several options for adding onto an existing middle schools.
Germantown schools superintendent Jason Manuel talked publicly for the first time about the possibility Thursday, May 28, at a special meeting of the city’s school board.
17. Shelby County Schools Seeks New Funding for Classroom Investments
- Thursday, April 23, 2015
The bottom line on the Shelby County Schools budget proposal headed to Shelby County Commissioners is $973.5 million, but the dollar figure commissioners will be considering is $14 million.
That’s the amount of new funding the system is seeking from county government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Otherwise, the school system’s budget is balanced.
18. School Closings and Consolidations Approved
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, March 31, to close three elementary schools and one middle school for the coming school year and to dismantle the school system’s short-lived plan for a return of Woodstock High School.
19. YES Prep Departure Highlights Terms of Schools Competition
- Friday, March 27, 2015
The departure of YES Prep from Memphis before the charter school operator ever got the keys to Airways Middle School shows how public education is shifting with nearly three years of new competition.
20. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit
- Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.
21. Settlement Could Fund I-Zone Schools
- Thursday, January 29, 2015
With federal money about to run out for the Shelby County Schools Innovation Zone schools, the $8 million in cash due from the city of Memphis next month is most likely to land in the bank account for that effort.
22. School Board Approves Settlement Over 2008 Funding Cut
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Nearly six years after it began, the Shelby County Schools system and the city of Memphis have settled their differences over the city council’s 2008 decision to cut funding to what was then the Memphis City Schools system.
23. Achievement Schools Opposition Finds Frustration
- Thursday, October 30, 2014
Charter school operators who are being considered for the next round of schools entering the state-run Achievement School District are facing the most organized opposition effort in the three-year history of the district in Memphis.
24. Wharton Suggests Moving High School Football To Days
- Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has suggested the school system move its night football games to day time hours as one answer to mob violence by teenagers.
25. School Scores Provide Answers, Create More Questions
- Friday, August 22, 2014
The last phase of the state’s delayed rollout of achievement test scores came and went this week with a blur of percentages for hundreds of schools in Shelby County and explanations of success formulas for elementary and middle school students versus high school students.
26. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley
27. Game Changer
- Saturday, June 7, 2014
One educator’s reform is another educator’s wrong move.
Dorsey Hopson doesn’t use the word “reform” as often as he uses the term “game changer.”
But the superintendent of Shelby County Schools has himself become a game changer as the school board that signed him to a three-year contract last September weighs a further extension of his three-year contract that for now runs through September 2016.
28. School Board Sets Hopson Contract Extension Vote
- Friday, June 6, 2014
Shelby County Schools board members are scheduled to vote on a contract extension for schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson at a special board meeting June 23.
Notice of the meeting comes about a week after school board chairman Kevin Woods authorized the school system’s attorney, Valerie Speakman, to begin contract negotiations with Hopson and his representative on the extension.
29. Hopson Contract Extension Faces Tight Timeline
- Monday, May 26, 2014
The Shelby County Schools board will discuss Tuesday, May 27, an extension of Dorsey Hopson’s three-year contract to be superintendent of the school system.
And a vote could come at the board’s June 17 work session, if not sooner. Under state law, the body has up to 45 days before the August school board elections to extend the contract or leave the matter for consideration by the next school board.
30. Schools Merger ‘Closeout’ Underway
- Thursday, May 15, 2014
The first and only year of a single public school system in Shelby County comes to an end May 23 with the last day of school.
And the legal details of the demerger are quickly taking shape.
Leaders of Shelby County’s seven public school systems met Tuesday, May 13, to discuss the closeout procedures starting June 2 that will begin the actual demerger of public education in Shelby County.
31. Schools Funding Compromise Avoids Legal Complications
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Don’t expect to see construction work begin immediately at a school near you. But the Shelby County Commission’s approval Monday, May 12, of $52.1 million in capital funding for all seven of the public school systems in the county breaks the two-year intermission on schools construction funding that began with the 2011 move to a schools merger in Shelby County.
32. Commission Votes on Schools Funding
- Monday, May 12, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, May 12, on $47.3 million in immediate capital funding for Shelby County Schools in a decision that pits a majority on the commission against County Mayor Mark Luttrell.
33. Hopson Pushes Realignment, New Goals in Budget
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
After hearing from more than a dozen citizens Tuesday, April 22, including some who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their arguments against specific Shelby County Schools budget cuts, superintendent Dorsey Hopson had his own quote from the civil rights leader.
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.
- Monday, April 21, 2014
The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.
36. Schools Leaders Outline Budget Goals
- Friday, April 11, 2014
The Shelby County Commission and Shelby County Schools leaders eased into what is likely to be the most difficult discussion of county government’s budget season – funding the county’s school district in the first academic year of the demerger.
37. Hopson Talks New School Construction
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he will seek funding before the new fiscal year that begins July 1 for a new Westhaven Elementary School and possibly two other new schools in southeast and northwest Shelby County.
38. School Closings Votes Leave Issues
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
39. County Schools Weighs Charter Rent Waiver
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is considering waiving rent payments by charter schools that lease the school system’s old buildings in return for them taking all children in an area and coordinating their location with Shelby County Schools.
40. Schools’ Marketing Intensifies as Choices Grow
- Saturday, January 11, 2014
January is a busy month on the school choice front in Shelby County. The state of Tennessee has an open-enrollment policy within school districts that allows students in low-performing schools to attend a different school.
41. Achievement School District Prepares for Third Year
- Monday, December 16, 2013
It was already official before Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic made the formal announcement last week.
Months ago, Barbic had confirmed that former Westside Middle School principal Bobby White would be leading the state-run school district’s effort at Frayser High School in the 2014-2015 school year.
42. Arlington, Lakeland School Pacts Go to Commission
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners meet Friday, Nov. 22, for the second time this week.
Friday’s special meeting is the latest stop for the agreements that transfer school buildings to the forming municipal school districts in Arlington and Lakeland and end a federal lawsuit over those two school districts.
43. Test Progress Bolsters Haslam’s Education Reform Aspirations
- Monday, November 11, 2013
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam picked up more statistics last week for his arsenal in the political battle over education reform in Tennessee.
And he touted the statewide growth rate in the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress results at a Memphis school – a poignant choice because Shelby County is the epicenter for the reform efforts Haslam has made his own in the last three years after his predecessor, Gov. Phil Bredesen, began the effort in his second term of office.
44. Suburban School Boards Set, Other Issues Remain
- Monday, November 11, 2013
Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities completed the process Thursday, Nov. 7, of establishing the basics of their municipal school districts, with elections for their respective school boards.
45. Shelby County Schools to Apply for Head Start Funding
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A larger Head Start program run by the Shelby County Schools system would have a much smaller front office than the one through which Shelby County government administers the $23 million program.
And it would align the early childhood curriculum in Head Start centers with the curriculum used when those children start kindergarten in the Shelby County Schools system.
46. 24-Hour Run Supports Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis
- Thursday, September 26, 2013
The years and the miles are adding up. And there really couldn’t be one without the other. Seventeen years ago, volunteers from Memphis went to Haiti on a short-term mission trip and saw there was a desperate need for health services.
47. Hopson Three-Year Contract Approved By School Board.
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Countywide school board members approved a three-year contract Tuesday, Sept. 17, that makes Dorsey Hopson the superintendent of Shelby County schools through Sept. 2, 2016 at a starting base pay of $269,000 a year.
48. School Board Makes Hopson's Superintendent Role Permanent
- Thursday, September 5, 2013
Somewhere around the time he underwent his first trial by fire – presenting the school system’s budget to the Shelby County Commission for approval – Dorsey Hopson began rethinking whether he was interested in being the superintendent of the consolidated school system on a long-term basis.
49. School Changes to Continue Beyond Labor Day
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013
At the start of the fourth week of the school year for the unified countywide school system, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong talked directly about school security for the first time.
50. Historic School Year Opening Has Familiar Look
- Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Germantown High School principal Ted Horrell warned a busload of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson that they were about to see some confusion on his campus.
On the opening day of the first school year for the unified school system Monday, Aug. 5, Horrell stopped the group just outside the school’s cafeteria, which was in its third of four lunch periods of the school day.
51. Schools Look to State for Money Owed
- Thursday, August 1, 2013
When the Tennessee Legislature returns to session in January, the consolidated school district will ask legislators to pass a law compelling the city of Memphis to pay a court judgment it owes the school system or lose state funding.
52. Reaction Mixed to School Closings Plan
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
There is a joke going around among school administrators across the country in the wake of the decision by Chicago school leaders to close more than 50 schools there.
“What do you call a superintendent who closes schools?” countywide school board member Kevin Woods began in telling the joke at the Tuesday, April 23, board meeting. “You call him a past superintendent.”
53. Hopson Heads Both School Systems
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The city and county school systems have a single school superintendent less than five months from the start of the first school year of the consolidated school system in Shelby County.
Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson was appointed interim Shelby County Schools superintendent at the first countywide school board meeting since the board approved a buyout last week of county schools superintendent John Aitken.
54. Humes Middle School Future Plans Debated
- Thursday, February 21, 2013
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.
55. Hopson Seeks $57 Million Owed Schools
- Thursday, February 14, 2013
Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hopes to meet with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. next week about $57 million.
That is the amount of money the school system won in two court decisions – trial and appellate level – from the city while Hopson was general counsel to the school system.
56. Hopson Calls for Unity in Schools
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
Once countywide school board members finished Tuesday, Jan. 29, posing for a picture with outgoing Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash, the board quickly got back to the emerging details of the coming schools merger.
57. School Board Debates Sales Tax Support
- Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Countywide school board members debated Tuesday, Oct. 23, the idea of backing a half cent countywide sales tax hike.
Half of the estimated $60 million in revenue from the tax hike on the November ballot would got to local education by state law.
58. School Board Votes Not To Renew Cash's Contract
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The countywide school board voted Tuesday, June 19, not to renew the contract of Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash past August 2013 when it is scheduled to run out.
The 14-8 vote came during two back-to-back school board meetings covering five hours in which the board also agreed to talk more about a process for selecting the superintendent of the consolidated school system to come at a meeting next week.
59. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, August 11, 2004
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60. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, June 10, 1998
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