Achievement School District

Posted Feb. 14, 2018

How You Can Advocate for Your Grandchild at School

I was a product of the early civil rights era. My entire first 12 years of formal education were spent in the segregated public school…

By Sylvia Holt

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Tennessee’s Achievement School District Shows How State Interventions Can Work for Kids

In a recent column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two Nashville school board members cautioned Georgia voters on supporting the Opportunity School District proposal based on…

By Malika Anderson

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Structural Reforms Are Necessary But Not Sufficient for Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools

I am the principal of Cherokee Elementary, a Memphis school where, not long ago, only 14 percent of students were proficient in math, and just 16 percent in reading. Three years later, after being labeled a state “priority school” and placed in the Shelby County School District Innovation Zone (“iZone”), the percentage of Cherokee students doing math and science at grade level has more than quadrupled; reading proficiency has more than…

By Rodney Rowan

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Learning From a Charter School Turnaround in Memphis

Sometimes the best way to get the hang something tricky is to learn from others’ experiences. As National School Choice Week wraps up, I recommend…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Aug. 6, 2015

Third Year’s a Charm: Impressive Gains for Tennessee’s Achievement School District

Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) is showing that our students can rise to incredible challenges and expectations and prove what so many of us believe…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted July 17, 2015

7 Lessons From Chris Barbic, First Superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District

I am writing to share an important and tough decision. I have decided that I will be leaving Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) at the…

By Chris Barbic

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Posted Apr. 3, 2015

When YES Prep Says ‘No’

Fighting to improve education through school turnarounds is not a job for everyone, as YES Prep recently learned. Last week, the charter management group suddenly…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Mar. 9, 2015

Tennessee Voters: Keep Moving Forward On Education

This post was adapted from a statement by Tennesseans for Student Success on March 3, 2015. Tennesseans for Student Success and the Tennessee Association of Business…

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 19, 2021

Q&A With Dr. Chad Gestson: Phoenix’s Covid Numbers Transformed Our District For the Better

Dr. Chad Gestson leads the Phoenix Union High School District, which educates 29,000 students in 22 schools from 32 different ZIP codes in Arizona’s capital…

By Laura Waters

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