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Teachers of newcomer students try to keep them connected as schools close, routines shift Educators who work with new immigrant children and teens adapting to life in America say these students face some of the most complex challenges as schools close due to coronavirus.

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How well are students reading in your Tennessee school district? Check this list. Just over 36% of third-graders passed the state’s proficiency bar statewide in 2018-19.

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This Memphis educator struggled to connect with a student, but a smile changed everything When Deidra Hawkins was running a summer camp for young girls in Memphis, she remembers one particular student that she just didn’t know what to do with. Hawkins shared her story with Chalkbeat and more than 100 Memphians.

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All 30 schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district would exit by 2022 in a massive restructuring proposal Tennessee wants to return 30 state-run charter schools to local districts in Memphis and Nashville no later than the fall of 2022, but also wants to retain its state-run district to possibly take over other chronically low-performing schools, says a proposal being unveiled this week.

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Proposed grading scale would give more Tennessee students access to scholarships A bill would move high schoolers to a 10-point uniform grading scale.

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Second lawsuit filed over Tennessee’s emerging school voucher program The lawsuit was on behalf of 11 public school parents and community members in Memphis and Nashville.

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Tennessee hires Nevada’s former education chief to consult on new charter commission Steve Canavero’s contract with the Department of Education began on Feb. 1.

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‘Everything fell apart.’ Parents pin voucher program problems on upheaval in Tennessee education department In recent months, disbursements were late and calls went unanswered with the state's first voucher program.

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No coronavirus plans yet, but Tennessee schools are on alert Schools around Tennessee are working with local health officials to monitor developments with coronavirus in their communities.

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Perfecting her craft: Why this Memphis educator couldn’t teach without support from her mom and former teachers Regina DeLoach said her second- and third-grade educators inspired her to go into teaching, and she got to work alongside them before they retired. Now in her 15th year as a special education teacher at Westhaven Elementary School, DeLoach says she still leans on their wisdom.

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven, in that we believe that every child deserves an excellent education, and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. Yet we are also fiercely independent, in that we do not take a position on the best path for achieving equity.

Because we believe that education is fundamentally a local issue, our coverage is rooted in local communities. To date, we report from and about seven locations: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. (If you’d like to see Chalkbeat come to your community, let us know.) Read more about our history and mission here.

As a nonprofit, Chalkbeat’s support comes from a diverse mix of sources, including sponsors who pay for opportunities to share messages with our readers and donors who believe in our mission. As most local news sources shrink, creating more so-called “news deserts,” Chalkbeat is building a sustainable model that is local, substantive, and independent.

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