Thursday, September 29, 2022

Curtis Weathers

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We need an update on Tennessee’s private school voucher program

I have been following our state’s private school voucher debate for some time. It has been a frustrating journey to get to where we are today. The courts finally opened the doors for Shelby County and Metro Nashville private schools to enroll students and get...

COMMENTARY: Our school board is missing a great opportunity!

A few weeks ago, Dr. Joris Ray resigned as superintendent of Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), and the school board ended the investigation into whether he violated district policy by having inappropriate relationships with district employees.  The board also just recently approved a severance package for...

OK, Dr. Ray is out; let’s move on!

In a special called meeting, our school board has voted unanimously to relieve Dr. Joris M. Ray of his responsibilities as superintendent of Memphis Shelby County Schools.  Ray was on paid leave as outside counsel investigated allegations of extramarital affairs with district employees. Based on the...

Folks, the leadership of our school system is in good hands!

I’ve been fretting all summer about the start of this school year. With district Supt. Dr. Joris Ray under investigation and on administrative leave, and so many other distractions, my hope for this school year has been at its lowest point ever. I recently had...

Buckle up for an unparalleled start to a new school year

The start of school always has been an exciting time of the year for many reasons. I always looked forward to “the first day of school” and hearing about everyone’s summer vacations and new expectations.  But we are about to embark upon an unparalleled start to...

What to make of the MSCS ‘mess’

Let’s see, where do I start?  Last week, we finally got a chance to see the academic progress our children made last school year as measured by our district’s TCAP results. While we are indeed trending up as a school system, it is clear we still...

Forty principals, really?

A few weeks ago, the Memphis Shelby County Schools announced it was replacing 40 of the school system’s elementary, middle, and high school principals. I was shocked when I first heard the news. This is unprecedented, and being a former principal, I know how contentious and...

‘Horrible acts of violence’ against our children is not a ‘one solution kind of issue’

The recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has brought back the same familiar pain we all experience after every school shooting in America.  The Sandy Hook massacre; Santa Fe High School shooting near Houston; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,...

TCAP Tension: Anxiously awaiting those results!

Tennessee's TCAP Test results are being processed as we speak, and I, along with thousands of students, teachers, and administrators, are anxiously awaiting the results. This is an incredibly stressful time of the year for educators as they await the results of their year-long efforts...

Teachers – one of the planet’s two most important people groups!

Somehow the notion of Teacher Appreciation Week seems woefully inadequate for celebrating the work our teachers and educators perform daily. Maybe we should extend the celebration to an entire month!  One could argue that teachers are one of the two most important groups of people on...