Education

  Volunteers help mow grass around Hickory Ridge Middle School

Tall grass made it difficult for Hickory Ridge Middle School students to get to and from school, so some helpful volunteers spent their Saturday morning lending a hand.

  Debate over $15/hour salary for county employees continues

  UofM receives $2M in grants to fight opioid crisis

  Report shows Kingsbury High School employees worked in ‘toxic environment;’ former principal disciplined

  UofM announces creation of new African American Male Academy

  West Memphis breaks ground on new library

  Hollywood Community Center hosts back to school celebration

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  Shelby County Education Foundation & United Healthcare make special delivery to 10,000 SCS students

  SCS offers free MATA bus passes to qualifying students

  New middle school in the works for Lewisburg

  Children arrested for threats against Oxford schools

SCS accepting applications for free student MATA passes

Westwood High dismisses early due to equipment issues

  TNReady scores from 2019 released

TNReady test scores from 2019 were released Thursday.

  Picking the right instrument can boost your child’s education

With students back in the classroom, they may be taking that passion for music and learning to play an instrument. Choosing the right one can be difficult and pricey.

More SCS schools dismissing early due to power outages

Eight Shelby County Schools dismissed early Wednesday due to power outages.

  E.A. Harrold Elementary in Millington closed Wednesday because of air conditioning issues

Air conditioning problems that displaced E.A. Harrold students Tuesday continue, so district leaders decided to close the school Wednesday.

Mississippi could drop high school history exam

  UofM introduces new athletic director Laird Veatch

Lockdown lifted at Riverdale Elementary following police pursuit

  West Memphis considers tax hike to build 2 new schools

  Excessive heat in the Mid-South prompts cancellation of sports practices

  Ray calls literacy biggest challenge as SCS students head back to school

  SCS welcomes students back with pep rallies, helps parents with late enrollment

More than 100,000 students went back to class Monday with Shelby County Schools. Before class started students had some fun with staff.

Lafayette County Schools remove corporal punishment from discipline policy

Lafayette County Schools has removed corporal punishment from its discipline policy after voting in favor of it over the summer.

  Arlington Community Schools back in session

All municipal schools in the county started classes Monday, including Arlington Community Schools.

  City of West Memphis proposes tax increase to fund new schools

The city of West Memphis is proposing a property tax increase in order to build two new junior high schools.

  Bus drivers prepped and ready for new school year

Shelby County Schools bus drivers have been hard at work this summer practicing their routes.

  Last-minute registration an urgent issue for SCS parents

Despite school starting Monday, Shelby County Schools said they expect some students will still need to be registered for school during the first week of classes.

  Traffic picks back up as students return to school

Drivers are encourages to pay extra attention in school zones. Parents and buses will be dropping kids off, and other students will be walking or running across the road.

  SCS sets lofty goals for 2019 school year

Students at Shelby County Schools are back in class Monday.

  Therapist urges parents to watch for signs of bullying in school

With school starting back up, a therapist at Youth Villages in Memphis says there are some common types of bullying to look for in the classroom.

  SCS hosts ‘Back to School Block Party’

For many, going back to school can be overwhelming. That's why a couple of organizations are making sure everyone starts the year on the right foot.

  Maintenance crews prep Shelby County Schools for first day

Shelby County Schools students have one more weekend of freedom. But while students have been away, maintenance crews have been busy at work.

  SCS planning healthier food options for students

For the new school year, Shelby County Schools is trying to step up students' veggie, fruit and water intake.

SCS opens first trauma center

Wednesday, Shelby County Schools opened a center that will help students at Geeter K-8 get specialized social and emotional learning.

  DeSoto County adds more classrooms ahead of new school year

Many parents were greeted with some extra traffic because of new growth in the county, and DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Corey Uselton is asking for some patience.

  DeSoto County students head back to school

Students in DeSoto County are back to school Wednesday.

  Rhodes College lawsuit ‘resolved’

In a statement released Tuesday, Rhodes College announced a lawsuit filed by a former student against the school has been resolved.

Renovated dining hall opens on A-State campus

After receiving upgrades over the summer, the newly renovated dining hall on the A-State campus opened Monday.

  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen calls for seat belts on school buses

With a new school year on the horizon, a Tennessee Democratic congressman wants to make the school buses that thousands of Mid-South children ride on safer.

  Healthy sleep habits are the key to a successful school year, says pediatrician

Hugs and high fives can get any kid’s day going on the right foot, but doctors say sleep is the key to a successful school year.

  Tipton, Haywood County students return to school Monday

If you're worried about your kids getting enough sleep on that first day, you're not alone. Pediatricians say parents are often asking them how they can make sure kids get enough sleep.

  SCS responds after student artwork is removed from Southwind High School hallway

Shelby County Schools is responding after a piece of student artwork was taken down from South Wind High School’s hallway on Friday.

  High school principal re-assigned to new position in school district after nearly year-long investigation

Doctor Terry Ross has been on paid administrative leave since last August.

  SCS explains criteria required for 3rd grade commitment policy

SCS says by the time students reach the third grade they are no longer learning to read but rather reading to learn.

Electric scooters heading to A-State campus this fall

According to a media release, the university is the first university in the state to have a dockless bicycle share program and will host a test of electric scooters from its campus mobility partner, VeoRide.

Phase 1 of U of M athletic training facility completed

Turner Construction Company announced Thursday that it has completed the $10.6 million expansion and renovation of the University of Memphis’ athletic training facility.

  SCS partners with school care programs to assist parents

Shelby County Schools are under two weeks away from getting back in session.

  Former SCS superintendent named interim president at LeMoyne-Owen College

The chairman of the Board of Trustees says Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean’s understanding of HBCUs helped her stand out as a qualified candidate.

  WWE’s R-Truth, Carmella discuss favorite Memphis spots, 24/7 Championship

Ahead of Tuesday night’s SmackDown Live, WWE superstars Carmella and R-Truth stopped by WMC Action News 5 to discuss their show, Truth’s beloved lost championship, and their favorite Memphis spots.

Manassas High principal placed on leave, accused of inappropriate behavior

The principal of Manassas High School was placed on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate behavior.

  Agreement would provide 3K high school students with free MATA bus passes

Shelby County high school students may soon have a new way to get to school.

  Folders, notebooks and vaccinations: Shelby County students are getting ready for school

For the next two weeks The Shelby County Schools’ Student Health Clinics are staying busy getting kids vaccinated.

  SCS leaders to discuss new 3rd grade reading policy with parents

Before classes return in two weeks, Shelby County Schools is hosting community meetings for parents to learn about policy changes that could lead to children repeating the second grade.

  Health clinic to keep SCS students on track with immunizations

With the start of school two weeks away, Shelby County Schools is making sure all students get their immunizations.

  U of M students invite residents to help conduct research on Wolf River

If you pay your water bill to MLGW, a portion of your money is going toward research on the Wolf River.

  Tax-free days return this weekend for Tenn., Miss.

Now is the time to start your back-to-school shopping.

  Well Child helps Shelby County students start the school year with a clean bill of health

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, hundreds of Shelby County kindergartners had incomplete or missing vaccination records last year.

Teacher pay raise will cost $18.5M more than first estimated

The Mississippi Department of Education says a $1,500 raise for teachers will cost $18.5 million more than it originally told lawmakers

  SCS superintendent launches plan to help young black boys succeed

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray will announce a new initiative this morning in an effort to empower African-American boys.

Collierville man earns national recognition as catalyst for change in public education

The President of Pickler Wealth Advisors in Collierville is one of three national finalists for the Catalyst Award as part of the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards.

  Shelby County mayor, University of Memphis president publicly spar over funds for pool project

The controversy erupted over the weekend when Mayor Lee Harris said he would veto $1 million of county funding for a new university aquatic center because the university doesn’t pay all its employees a wage of $15 an hour.

County mayor vetoes U of M pool project, cites employee wages as the reason

Sunday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris vetoed the allocation of $1 million to help the University of Memphis build and renovate a swimming pool.

UofM names 1st female dean of law school

Katharine Traylor Schaffzin has been with the UofM since 2009, most recently serving as interim deal of Memphis Law for the last year.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

Mississippi school district could shorten summer break

A second Mississippi school district is considering a shorter summer break with longer breaks during the school year

Ridgeway Middle School dismissing summer classes early for power outages

Students are being dismissed at 11:30 a.m. because of power outages in the area.

  What’s next for the Achievement School District?

Two Memphis lawmakers who sit on the Tennessee House Education Committee agreed Dr. Griffin stepping down as chief of the Achievement School District is a big loss. But they differ on what should happen next.

  LeMoyne-Owen ends president’s contract

LeMoyne-Owen College will hire a new president in the near future.

  ASD superintendent resigns

The superintendent of the Achievement School District has resigned.

Shelby County students getting brand new bikes for perfect school attendance

The DA’s office is giving 321 Shelby County students brand new bicycles for having perfect attendance during the 2018-2019 school year.

  Professor speaks on black community, police relations following unrest in Frayser

A local professor is now offering a unique perspective to the unrest in Frayser after a 20-year-old was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals Wednesday night.

  Family starts petition over SCS bullying policy after teen takes his own life

It’s been more than two months since a White Station High School student took his own life after his family says he was bullied.

  Collierville’s new principal prepares for new role

Monday marked the first day on the job for the new top educator at Collierville High School.

State auditor issues over $1.1 million in demands and arrests three in Coahoma Co.

Special Agents from the Auditor’s office have made arrests in two separate cases after a grand jury indicted Gwendolyn Jefferson, Stacie Neal and Kappi Allen.

  Rhodes College to challenge former student’s ‘gender bias’ lawsuit

A former Rhodes College student is now suing the school.

  Collierville names new school superintendent

During a special meeting Thursday, Collierville school board members announced Dr. Gary Lilly will lead the district.

  Collierville school board expected to announce new superintendent

On Thursday night, Collierville’s Board of Education is holding a special meeting where a new director of schools is expected to be announced.

  Lakeland commissioners come to agreement on spending for new high school

After months of disagreement over funding a new high school in Lakeland, the board of commissioners came to a unanimous decision.

  2 Germantown girls competing in National Spelling Bee

Two Germantown students are participating in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.