The Tennessee Department of Education on Thursday clarified its findings in a recent report that found one in three high school students graduated without meeting the state’s requirements after it received considerable backlash from superintendents across the state.
After years of substantial budget cuts, Shelby County Schools will invest an “unprecedented” amount of money into schools performing in the bottom 10 percent in the state academically, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday.
In the months since KIPP decided to pull out of one of its state-run charter schools, officials with Tennessee’s turnaround district have been publicly mum about what happens next, leaving most to believe the Memphis school will close at the end of the school year.
Despite having what the Tennessee Department of Education called “some of the most stringent graduation requirements in the nation,” the department announced this week that one in three students graduate without meeting them.
Last fall, the Tennessee State Board of Education overruled school leaders in Memphis to approve a new charter school there, one year after making a similar ruling in a charter school appeal in Nashville.