State-run Achievement District to take over 9 more schools in Memphis



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MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Nine more schools in Memphis will be joining the state-run Achievement School District next fall.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1CqNLwO) reports Wooddale Middle, South Side Middle and Raleigh-Egypt High have already been assigned to charter schools.

Nine others are eligible for takeover: Florida-Kansas Elementary, Denver Elementary, Airways Middle, Brookmeade Elementary, American Way Middle, Hawkins Mills Elementary, LaRose Elementary, A. Maceo Walker Middle and A.B. Hill Elementary. Only six of the schools will be selected for new management based on a community vetting process to determine which charters would work best with which schools. The final matches will be announced later this year.

All of the schools performed in the bottom 5 percent according to scores released over the summer.

The Achievement District was able to match the middle and high school early because they were on the short list last year and had already been vetted.

"Based on input, including from faculty and administration, we decided to not match them in 2013-2014 to see if they could make the achievement gains they thought they could accomplish," said Malika Anderson, chief portfolio officer for the ASD.

"Unfortunately, they were not able to and are back on our short list."

The additional schools will mean hundreds more students in the Achievement School District, which now has about 6,500 pupils enrolled.

"It is always a tough process, but we have to be guided by what is in the best interest of students," said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

"We should not have any 5 percent schools here. To the extent that anyone can help, I don't care if you are nursery school, charter school or private school, we have to all work together to make sure these chronically underperforming schools, which all too often are in poor and neglected neighborhoods, get better."


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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