Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | March 28th, 2017 12:50am CDT | 6 Comments

                We’ve written for several years about “opportunity youth,” 16-24 year-olds who are neither in school nor working, and how this is one of the two key measurements for whether Memphis is making progress. The other indicator is whether Memphis can improve its position as the city with […]

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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | March 22nd, 2017 12:40am CDT | No Comments

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools, much less new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. After all, in Nashville, […]

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                  The City of Memphis is in the throes of a budget process that will produce a proposed budget by the Strickland Administration in about 10 weeks, and just when officials thought it couldn’t get any harder, it now has the uncertainties connected to massive federal budget […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | November 10th, 2016 12:53am CDT | No Comments

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this article first appeared. By Jimmie Covington Since at least 2007, county government officials have been holding back […]

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by (RSS) Education | July 7th, 2016 12:13am CDT | No Comments

In light of Germantown’s offer to buy the schools inside its town limits that are now operated by Shelby County Schools, it seems a good time to remember the racially-based gerrymandering of school attendance zones that was integral to the district’s needs for these schools. It was the old Shelby County Schools district that, in […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | July 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 1 Comment

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The average daily attendance ratio declined just over one-half of a percent in Shelby County […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | May 31st, 2016 12:54am CDT | 5 Comments

                With apologies to Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic is the best way we know to describe the approach by some members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners anytime the budget of the Shelby County Schools appears on their agendas. They twist and turn the facts to fit […]

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              ‘Twas ever thus. In the yearly drama of Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ budget hearings, schools need more money and struggle to find support and the sheriff’s request for a bigger budget gets a spirited defense. It’s little wonder that the sheriff’s budget has grown at a rate […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | April 11th, 2016 12:43am CDT | 2 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was published there By Jimmie Covington With a financial liability pending for creation of a fund […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | March 25th, 2016 12:16am CDT | 2 Comments

              There should have been no surprise that Shelby County Schools needs $476 million for deferred maintenance and improvements for its 182 schools. First, it should not be surprising since there are six of them that not only existed before television, they existed before radio broadcast its first program […]

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                “We have to get more people to choose Memphis as home while also – at the same time – improve the circumstances for the people who live here.  This is important: It’s not enough to do one without the other.  We have to do both simultaneously.” This […]

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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | February 3rd, 2016 12:14am CDT | 1 Comment

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools. After all, Sen. Brian Kelsey, the legislator who introduced the first voucher bill […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 8th, 2015 3:48pm CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis’ own Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, has co-written a valuable book that’s required reading for high school seniors looking to go to college, parents wanting to guide the wisest decision, a graduate confronting the interview process, and or a professor wanting to teach employable skills: The Future Belongs to Students in High […]

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by (RSS) Education | September 14th, 2015 12:35am CDT | 1 Comment

              It’s hard to think of any public policy area that is more prone to magic answers than education, whether it is the focus today on community colleges or yesterday’s idea that the Achievement School District would cure all the ills of Memphis’ lowest-performing schools. That’s not to say […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | September 10th, 2015 3:02pm CDT | Comments Off on County Plan Shortchanges Municipal Schools

This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.    By Jimmie Covington Although taxpayers in suburban cities will pay almost 30 percent of the cost of more […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | August 6th, 2015 4:15pm CDT | 3 Comments

            This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The way the funding and taxes break down, property […]

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by (RSS) Education, Talent | June 10th, 2015 12:41am CDT | Comments Off on Giving Every Child A Fair Start in Life Will Set Memphis’ Future

So much of the success – or the difficulties – of our students in the classroom is set in place by developmental experiences in the first years of their lives. And often, the factors that influence whether children succeed are things that many of us simply take for granted.  That is certainly the case when […]

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by (RSS) Education, Poverty, Uncategorized | April 10th, 2015 12:15am CDT | Comments Off on Building Block For School Readiness: Literacy Development

            Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson has set audacious goals for this year’s second graders.  He wants 80 percent of them to graduate “college and career-ready,” 90 percent overall to graduate, and 100 percent of those ready for college and careers to pursue higher education. These are high hurdles […]

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