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Sheriff’s deputies to remain in Shelby County Schools after board approves controversial contract

After months of tense community debate, the Memphis school board voted to keep sheriff’s deputies in schools and renewed its agreement with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The board unanimously passed the memorandum of understanding with the Sheriff’s Office at a Tuesday evening meeting, but not before adding an amendment to address community concerns and […]

Should Tennessee limit school mask mandates? Tell us what you think.

While most Tennesseans were asleep early Saturday morning, state lawmakers passed legislation barring public schools from mandating masks except temporarily in extreme circumstances. Private schools and businesses would have more leniency on issuing such mandates. The legislation, largely approved among partisan lines, was among several rollbacks to COVID restrictions. Gov. Bill Lee has yet to […]

Shelby County Schools cabinet member leaving to head Memphis charter network

Antonio Burt is departing from his position as chief of schools at Shelby County Schools to become KIPP Memphis Public Schools’ next leader. In a Thursday news release, the organization announced Burt will be its next CEO on Nov. 8. KIPP Memphis Public Schools is a network of five charter schools founded in 2002. The […]