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Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

A New Voice in Our City: How Memphis Students Are Becoming Partners in Efforts to Improve Public Schools

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

As local school districts seek to produce better outcomes for students, at least one district is thinking about students not merely as those on the receiving end of reform, but as allies in bringing it about.

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing; John Deasy Seeks Waiver: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.

Memphis' New Teacher Evaluation System Adopted From Controversial D.C. Program

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the third in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comme...

New Teacher Evaluation Systems In Tennessee Have Rough Road Ahead

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the first in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comme...

Teen Charged For Slaying School Principal, Says He Didn't Like Her

AP | By ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A 17-year-old student charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Christian school principal told investigators he had plan...

Principal Found Allegedly Stabbed To Death In Classroom, Student Held

AP | By ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A school principal described as very caring and attentive to her students was killed Wednesday in an apparent homicide at a private ...

School Principal Found Allegedly Stabbed To Death, Student In Custody

Posted 10.10.2011 | Education

A 17-year-old student from the Seventh-day Adventist's Memphis Junior Academy in Tennessee is being held in custody after a 48-year-old teacher was fo...

Memphis Deal May End Indefinite Summer For Students

AP | Posted 09.21.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis officials have reached a deal that could allow the city's schools to open on time. The school board had said it was delayin...

Joy Resmovits

New School District Will Test Obama's Education Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education

By accepting a job as superintendent of a new Tennessee school district, Chris Barbic has positioned himself as the face of an up-and-coming governanc...

Segregation Again? Race Debate Over Memphis Schools Merger

AP | ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A bold bid by the struggling, majority-black Memphis City Schools system to force a merger with the majority-white, successful ...