Chalkbeat story from Jan. 24, 2020
By Caroline Bauman

At an event that felt like a school pride rally, Aspire Public Schools announced Friday that the state department of education approved turning over its four schools to a new Memphis charter operator.

Journey Community Schools will take charge of educating all 1,600 Aspire students by July 1. Aspire is a California-based charter network.

The event included a DJ, student cheerleaders, and a dance party. The crowd of students and community leaders responded to school Superintendent Nickalous Manning by cheering and waving pom-poms when he asked them: “Are you ready to find out who we are? We are Journey Community Schools!”