Education

39 Mississippi school districts receive federal money to help low-income students

The funds are given to school districts with 40 percent low-income families.

  JSU: 5 employees, 19 students test positive for COVID-19

  Cordova High principal placed on administrative leave after making controversial comments

Former President of University of Memphis dies

  Several Mid-South school districts delayed due to winter weather

  Snow days could become a thing of the past thanks to virtual learning

  Superintendent of Tennessee’s largest school district reflects SCS highs and lows through the pandemic

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  More headsets to be supplied for SCS students

  Teachers waiting to get vaccinated in Shelby County

  Millington Municipal Schools adjusts learning model as health dept. predicts virus surge

  Middle College High School pivots to virtual video recruitment

  Tipton County teachers will begin getting the COVID vaccine

  Education top priority for Tennessee General Assembly

Millington Municipal Schools makes changes for second semester

Millington Municipal Schools has made some changes to the upcoming second semester.

Federal student loan forbearance not extended in COVID-19 stimulus bill

The $900 billion, 5,593-page stimulus bill does not address student loan debt. Millions of student loan borrowers might be required to resume federal student loan payments on February 1st.

  Miss. state health officers warn of COVID-19 in children as schools prepare to reopen classrooms

Desoto County Schools reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases with 125 total among students and staff the week before the winter break.

SCS receives $1.8 million in FEMA funding for tornado safe room

Shelby County Schools has received a $1.8 million grant from FEMA for a tornado safe room at Belle Forest High School.

  Many Shelby County municipal school districts plan to continue current learning plans in early 2021

Christian Brothers University postpones start of spring semester

Dyersburg State Community College gives food to students in need

A-State celebrates Fall graduates amidst the pandemic

150 Ark. schools in communities with high COVID-19 spread, setting new record

A-State moves Fall 2020 graduation ceremony to Sunday

LeMoyne-Owen College selects new president

The Board of Trustees for LeMoyne-Owen College has selected a new president.

  SCS superintendent says lack of masks, loose restrictions are to blame for delayed reopening

On Tuesday SCS superintendent said more could have been done to help the district bring back students.

Crockett County Schools announces learning plan for students’ return after holidays

Crockett County Schools has announced some changes to their 2021 learning plans as the fall semester comes to an end.

Collierville High School to continue hybrid learning through January

Collierville Schools has decided to continue its hybrid learning model through January 2021 for high school students.

Lakeland School System delays students’ return from winter break

The Lakeland School System has made some changes to the instructional calendar.

SCS proposes plan to address learning loss due to pandemic

Shelby County Commissioners and the Shelby County School Board met Tuesday night for a joint discussion about learning loss during the pandemic and ways to turn things around.

MacKenzie Scott, the world’s richest woman, gifts $25 million to Alcorn State

Alcorn State University has just received the largest gift from a single donor in the university’s history.

  Hospitals, Tennessee universities commit to provide opportunties for Black med students

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is making a commitment with universities in Tennessee to help shape the health care workers of tomorrow.

Desoto County Schools reports nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff

DCS reported 66 new cases among students and another 33 among staff after testing between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4.

  Mother and daughter graduate from college together after unspeakable loss

“It was something about that day. I just felt like Jordan and Austin were both here with me.”

Green Dot Public Schools makes adjustment to January start dates for in-person learning

Green Dot Public Schools tells us they are delaying a return to campus because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region.

  SCHD considering new health directive that could be released next week, SCS pauses school reopening plan

The Shelby County Health Department confirms it’s developing a new health directive in light of COVID-19 case increases. Also Friday, Shelby County Schools said it will delay its return to campus.

  Shelby County Schools delays return to in-person learning amid COVID-19 surge

An announcement from Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray says the district will delay in-person learning until February amid the current COVID-19 case surge.

  Homeschooling increases as fewer students enroll in Mississippi public schools

More Mississippi students are being home-schooled this year.

  Mississippi coding academy preparing high-school graduates for full-time careers

Going from high school to a full-time career, it’s what a coding academy in Mississippi has helped over 90% of its graduates do.

  Desoto County Schools reports nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff

DCS reported 66 new cases among students and another 33 among staff after testing between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4.

  SCS: 17% of teachers plan to return for in-person instruction

Shelby County Schools is revealing just how many teachers plan to return to the classroom if in-person instruction resumes in January.

Miss. public schools enrollment down 23k

As of September 30, 2020, 442,627 students had enrolled in Mississippi public schools, a more than 23,000 drop from last September’s total of 465,913.

  Collierville students return to in-person learning

Collierville students, grades sixth through 12th, return to in-person learning on December 7.

Collierville schools returning to in-person learning Dec. 7

Collierville Schools announced on Twitter Friday that students in grades 6 through 12 that were learning remotely will return to in-person instruction on Monday, Dec. 7.

DeSoto County Schools to continue virtual learning, deadline to choose learning plan quickly approaching

The DeSoto County Schools district will continue with online learning at the start of 2021, according to an email from the district. This announcement comes after a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Mid-South.

SCS superintendent’s contract extended until 2025

On Tuesday night the Shelby County school board voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray’s contract.

  Osceola High School pauses on learning new concepts

According to Osceola High School Principal Toshiba Pugh, both students and teachers feel they were not successful with learning this semester.

  Update for SCS return to in-person learning expected before winter break

In October Ray announced a phased return to in-person learning starting Jan. 4 for Pre-K through 5th graders and exceptional learners.

UofM receives ‘largest single academic gift’ in university’s history

The University of Memphis received a generous academic gift this week -- $5 million.

SCS’s annual Operation Warm Hearts coat drive underway

Shelby County Schools’ sixth annual Operation Warm Hearts coat drive benefitting families in need this giving Tuesday.

  The University of Memphis to host multiple outdoor commencement ceremonies Saturday

Saturday, graduates of The University of Memphis whose ceremonies were sidelined by COVID-19 this spring, summer, and fall, will get a chance to walk across the graduation stage. The university has scheduled multiple outdoor ceremonies at the Liberty Bowl.

  Memphis Education Fund has helped SCS families during pandemic

The time to give back is here, and one local organization that focuses on improving student achievement has been able to help thousands of families.

  Mom says her son was racially bullied, demands action from Collierville Schools district leaders

A Mid-South mother says her son is the victim of racist and homophobic bullying at school, and she’s accusing district leaders of failing to take any action.

Millington Municipal Schools continuing hybrid, virtual instruction in spring semester

Director of Schools Bo Griffin tweeted the district’s plan Monday to continue hybrid and virtual instruction during the spring semester.

70 new COVID-19 cases reported across DeSoto County Schools

The DeSoto County School District has released the latest number of coronavirus cases among students and faculty.

Lafayette County Schools to stay hybrid for rest of semester

s coronavirus cases rise, Lafayette County Schools has made a big announcement.

  University of Tennessee students may be required to take COVID-19 vaccine next year

Across the entire University of Tennessee system, there are nearly 220 active cases among students and staff and 1,078 in quarantine.

  Municipal school districts say they will monitor virus cases after Thanksgiving break

Students have had to navigate through school like never before. Wednesday, the Collierville Superintendent talked with the Collierville Chamber of Commerce about how the district has adapted to a new normal.

Bonuses approved, semester exams canceled for Germantown schools

The Germantown Municipal School District made a big announcement on their Instagram account.

Collierville High School transitioning to remote learning

The district notified parents Wednesday that Thursday will be a remote learning day for all high school students. Friday was already scheduled as a remote learning day and will continue as such.

  Tenn. teachers union demands hazard pay, statewide mask mandate

The state’s largest professional organization representing thousands of educators has a list of demands for the governor.

  DeSoto County Schools superintendent responds to new COVID-19 cases

Hundreds of students in DeSoto County are in quarantine after the school district confirmed 81 new COVID-19 cases among students.

  More Mid-South schools switch learning methods due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Lafayette, Oxford and Marshall County School Districts announced they are going all virtual until Nov. 30 and now more schools have announced changes.

  Multiple schools in the Mid-South going virtual after COVID-19 outbreaks

Several Mid-South schools are switching to virtual learning after coronavirus outbreaks.

  Collierville Middle School transitioning to virtual learning

The district cites an increase in COVID-19 cases -- five active cases so far -- and a large number of students and staff members in quarantine.

65% of SCS families want their children to remain virtual, according to district survey

According to the district, 65% of students will remain virtual and 24% will return to in-person instruction.

  Three Mississippi school districts switch to virtual learning due to a rise in cases

Lafayette, Oxford and Marshall County School Districts in Mississippi are all switching learning methods for the next two weeks.

Forrest City Schools going virtual due to increased COVID-19 cases

The Forrest City Schools District will transition to online learning for the week of Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, Nov. 20.

Lafayette and Marshall County Schools going virtual as COVID-19 cases rise

Two school districts in Mississippi are going virtual as coronavirus cases continue to climb.

Covington High forfeits playoff game due to COVID-19 cases ‘across the region’

Covington High School released a statement saying they will forfeit Friday’s playoff game.

  Tipton County Schools seeing increase in COVID-19 cases

Shelby County isn’t the only place seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases in school-aged children.

Oxford Middle School goes virtual as COVID-19 reported in multiple classrooms

Middle school students will return to the campus Monday, Nov. 30 after the Thanksgiving week holiday.

Stax icon signs artwork to support Stax Music Academy

GRAMMY© Lifetime Achievement Award winner Booker T. Jones teamed up with a Stax partner to raise money for the academy.

U of M moves forward with multi-million dollar housing development on Park Ave. Campus

The University of Memphis is moving forward with a multi-million dollar student housing development on the Park Avenue campus.

  Memphis-Shelby County teachers association says members don’t want to return to classroom

In less than two months Shelby County School students could be heading back into the classroom. However, it’s unclear, at this point, how many of their teachers will be there to greet them.

  SCS teacher under investigation for inappropriate behavior during virtual instruction

The district says the teacher at Southwind High School was place on paid administrative leave Nov. 2 and an investigation is underway.

  Tennessee Green Dot Public Schools to return to campus in January

Green Dot Public Schools in Tennessee are giving families the option for their students to return to class at the top of the spring semester.

Lafayette County Schools reverts to hybrid learning schedule

Lafayette County School District posted to Facebook Monday an immediate return to the hybrid schedule beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 for students in middle and high school. Elementary students will remain on their regular schedule.

Dozens of new COVID-19 cases identified, hundreds in quarantine across DeSoto County Schools

The DeSoto County Schools district identified 43 new coronaviruses last week.

  Memphis sorority calling on prospective students to attend free virtual HBCU tours

With most college campus tours canceled due to COVID-19, a Memphis sorority is stepping up to offer prospective students virtual visits.

  SCS parents must decide Friday how students will learn for spring semester

Friday is the last day for Shelby County Schools' parents to decide how their child will learn this spring semester.

  SCS deadline for spring learning options coming up

Shelby County Schools parents have until the end of this week to decide how their child will learn this spring semester.