Sometimes we just have to catch our students doing right, like these young people from Hillcrest High School. They made the local news: Dozens of local high school students and community members came together Saturday to feed the hungry during this holiday season. Many 10th graders at Hillcrest High School went out to Court Square…
The charter moratorium train that has been crisscrossing the nation and dividing the black community has officially stopped in Nashville. And as is the norm with these resolutions and board votes, parents were left out of the loop and, consequently, unable to sign up for public comment to have their voices heard. But we are listening….
Jennifer Pignolet reports at The Commercial Appeal that firing bad teachers in Shelby County Schools is difficult. That is, accordingly to a new report released by the Fordham Institute.
The report’s authors graded school districts on a 10-point scale, earning or not earning points for questions like, “What is the shortest amount of time it can take to recommend an ineffective veteran teacher for dismissal?” In SCS, the answer is two years.
Jason Gonzales reports at The Tennessean that after four months of post election drama, Stand for Children and four pro-charter school candidates have been cleared of alleged campaign finance violations. The vote by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance board was unanimous (4-0) to dismiss the entire case. Others have weighed in too, including Miranda…
Ryan Poe and Jennifer Pignolet, of the Commercial Appeal write at the possibility of Shelby County Schools paying Memphis city nearly $4 million in rent for operating former Memphis City Schools on city property. A city council plan will officially be released on Dec. 20 for discussion.
Parents want choices. Black or white, rich or poor, and moms or dads all share one simple truth: they want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing the right school, the best school, for their children.
PBS News Hour recently highlighted the increasing division within the black community around charter schools and school choice.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day we celebrate the Global act of giving around the world. Don’t know where to give? Here’s a list of organizations who fight for our children everyday.
It’s just a fact that many Memphis students are without the basics: food, housing, and clothing. As winter temperatures arrive we see students who need adequate clothes to keep warm and concentrate in school. Last December Shelby County Schools launched Operation: Warm Hearts to collect coats, hats, and gloves. It was a big success, and…