Achievement School District

Behind the Headlines
5:16 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Radio Roundtable: The Achievement School District

Eric Barnes, Host of Behind the Headlines
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel takes a look at the Achievement School District and some of the progress that it has made in the past year.

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, is joined this week by panelists Chris Barbic, Superintendent of the Achievement School District, and Eleanor Boudreau of WKNO-FM.

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Behind the Headlines
5:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Radio Roundtable: School Vouchers For Charter And Private Schools?

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses creating a school voucher or scholarship program for charter and private schools in Tennessee, and the potential consequences for public education in the state.

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Mid-South News
5:18 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

TN Wants To Prove Failing Schools Can Be Turned Around Quickly

The State of Tennessee is running day-to-day operations at Corning Elementary and two other schools in Frayser.

At Corning Elementary in Frayser, a group of kindergarteners gathered around their teacher Erica Allen. As they all clapped in rhythm, Allen asked her young students to read the word on a card she was holding. They chanted, “Can! Can! Can!”

The kindergarteners don’t remember this, but last year Corning was run by Memphis City Schools, and the school’s average score on the state’s TCAP exam was an F.

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Mid-South News
2:24 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

New State-Run School District Is Facing An Old Problem

Pizza was served at a parent meeting at Westside Middle School.


Come August, the state will be calling the shots at Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary, and Westside Middle. The schools are the first to be announced in Tennessee’s Achievement School District. The achievement district was created as a part of the state’s application to get federal “Race to the Top” money and it is a state-run district for low performing schools.

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