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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | September 4th, 2010 12:35am CST | 3 Comments

The United States economy grew by 2.7% in the last quarter and yet its citizens lost 352,000 jobs in June (221,000) & July (131,000).  Long-term unemployment has reached record highs with nearly a million and a half people out of work for at least 99 weeks and economists are beginning to wonder aloud whether our […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 19th, 2010 10:25am CST | 2 Comments

  Every Memphian should be excited about our two recent education wins – The Gates Foundation/Memphis City School’s Teacher Effectiveness Initiative and Tennessee’s national victory in President Obama’s “Race to the Top (R2T).”  These twin victories offer Memphians and Tennesseans the opportunity to lead on the issue of education reform. Unfortunately, leading often requires a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 17th, 2010 12:04am CST | Comments Off on Michelle Rhee v. Barack Obama

What kind of leadership produces meaningful change? Certainly, the complex mix of circumstance, timing, cultural norms, and the nature of the issue impacts how one answers this question.  That said, given my work at Teach For America and my role as interested observer in the health-care debate, I have been intensely pondering the concept of […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools, Uncategorized | January 13th, 2010 1:21pm CST | 2 Comments

I ran into Knoxville’s mayor and, gubernatorial candidate, Bill Haslam at the Starbucks on Union and McLean last week. He graciously invited me to his table to hear more about Teach For America’s work in Tennessee.  I shared with him the recent Tennessee Value-Add System analysis that illustrated, “Teach For America corps members (what we […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Memphis City Schools | December 1st, 2009 10:44pm CST | 1 Comment

Unless we want 10 percent unemployment to become the new “normal” in Tennessee, we need to change our expectations.  Over the past 30 years, as globalization has become the driving force in free-market and emerging economies, knowledge work is the only refuge for those seeking jobs that pay a decent wage.  Our industrial base has […]

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