Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Samantha West .Chalkbeat, Author at Denver Daily Post

Black girls are graduating at a higher rate than any other demographic in Memphis schools. Here’s why.

Before Winter Shields was born, she faced an uphill climb to success — academically and otherwise. When Shields’ mother, Nastassja Miller, was pregnant, doctors said her daughter was sickly, and could be... Read more »

Three Memphis ASD schools move to state-run charter district after academic gains

Three Memphis charter schools will move from the state’s Achievement School District to a state-run charter district after improved academic performance. On Friday, the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission unanimously voted to... Read more »

Memphis students return to class as officials prepare for COVID surge

Students in Shelby County Schools returned to classrooms Monday after winter break as district officials prepared to expand in-school COVID testing amid an omicron surge. Beginning Jan. 17, SCS will test participating... Read more »

Another judge rules Tennessee public schools can continue mask mandates

Tennessee public schools may continue requiring masks for now, according to a Friday ruling by a federal judge in Nashville. The ruling effectively blocks the state’s recently-passed law that is meant to... Read more »

Meet the Memphis school nurse who helped a shooting victim survive

With more than 50 years of nursing behind her, including as a trauma nurse, Karen Taylor has encountered countless life-and-death situations. All those decades of experience weren’t really needed after Taylor became... Read more »