Achievement School District could take over more schools - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Achievement School District could take over more schools

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Tennessee could take over six more Memphis schools next year.

Caldwell Guthrie Elementary, Hawkins Mill Elementary, Hillcrest High School, Kirby Middle School, Raleigh-Egypt Middle School, and Sheffield Elementary all qualified to join Achievement School District.

Leaders with Achievement School District said these new schools qualify because they finished in the bottom 5 percent of all Tennessee schools and their test scores are not improving fast enough.

"This is an open engagement period and no final decisions were made about these schools," ASD Superintendent Chris Barbic said. "That's what this process is for."

This year, the district is using a new method for the potential takeover. Starting next week, leaders will host town hall meetings so parents, students, and community members can learn about the ASD option and what it would mean for education next year.

"We want to make sure that in this open engagement that we're hearing from all the voices, parents included, teachers, folks in the community," Barbic added.

Currently, 27 Memphis schools are in ASD. This year, the district is asking parents to get more involved through neighborhood advisory councils.

"They are the ones with the biggest investment in these decisions," Barbic explained. "We want to make sure we hear from them."

No final decision has been made about the six schools who qualify to join ASD.

To read the statement from ASD and find out when and where the town hall meetings will be held, click here.

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