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State ‘Co-Managing’ Four Memphis Schools

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The state will help manage four failing Memphis city schools this year, which could lead to large shifts in faculty and staff.
The schools are Frayser High, Hamilton High, Northside High and Raleigh-Egypt Middle School. Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told The Commercial Appeal that the state is co-managing the schools along with the school system.
“Co-managing is not the state taking over; it is the state working closely with us to see what additional resources we need,” Cash said.
Any school in a formal turnaround process has to have its principal and up to 50 percent of staff replaced. Some of those replacements will be filled through The New Teacher Project, a New York nonprofit that helps districts and principals find candidates for hard-to-staff subjects or schools.
Memphis is also getting 150 new Teach for America members this year to help fill openings.
The school system is waiting to get spring testing results to make decisions about staffing, said Roderick Richmond, chief of operation. Since some of the schools have been on a critical list for some time, “we have already been working toward that 50 percent,” Richmond said.
High schools with graduation rates below 60 percent graduation now are eligible for the statewide district of failing schools, called the Achievement School District. Before Tennessee was awarded money through the federal race Race to the Top program, those schools only had to show graduation progress to be in good standing.

Texan Charter School Founder to Run TN Achievement Schools (for $215,000 per year)

A Texas charter school founder who received $1 million from Oprah Winfrey last fall to expand the network is taking on Tennessee’s lowest performing schools, including four in Memphis, according to the Commercial Appeal.
As superintendent of the new Achievement School District, Chris Barbic of Houston, 40, … will be paid $215,000 per year, from the $501 million in federal Race to the Top funds the state received last year to categorically improve K-12 public schools. He starts Aug. 1.
The ASD is budgeted to receive $49 million over four years.
“I’ve been in education for 19 years, I taught for six years and have been serving as superintendent for eight, going on 10 schools,” said Barbic, founder of Yes Prep Public Schools, a conglomerate of charters that serves 4,200 students, 80 percent of them economically deprived.

See also the Department of Educaton news release, reproduced below.

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