Curtis Weathers

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Why the TSD education columnist is writing about an NFL football game

I know, I’m an education columnist. So, what does the “Monday Night Football” game between the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals have to do with public education? The answer: nothing! However, I consider myself fortunate to have played the game of football at every...

My top five educational issues for MSCS in 2023

Nothing about the year 2022 has been boring as far as k-12 education is concerned.  Quite the contrary, the year has been filled with a continuous stream of drama and excitement.  COVID continues to wreak havoc, the teacher shortage is an ever-present nemesis to school systems...

The search for a new superintendent seems to be off to a pretty good start

The search for a new superintendent for Memphis Shelby County Schools (MSCS) seems to be off to a pretty good start. I like the selection process and I love all of the public discourse. Plenty of people have opinions about how the process should unfold,...

A conversation with MSCS Interim Supt. Tutonial Williams!

Amid all the administrative turmoil within Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Chief Financial Officer Tutonial ‘Toni’ Williams was asked to serve as interim superintendent, help steady the ship and keep our school system moving forward.  So far, almost three months in, she seems to be doing a...

Another term for Gov. Lee – what does it mean for public education?

So, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will remain the head of state government after overwhelmingly winning a second term Tuesday (Nov. 8). Winning a second term was expected. The question was how big his margin of victory would be. The trajectory he has established regarding the education...

In search of a new superintendent, again!

Finding the "right fit" superintendent for our school system will be a daunting task. There is so much at stake.   So, what can we look forward to in our search for a new leader: drama, intrigue, suspense, and, yes, uncertainty for sure?   Like everyone, I hope...

The reckoning continues at the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was not known for its racial tolerance in the 1960s and 1970s, as was the case for many colleges and universities in the deep South. In fact, it had a notorious reputation for treating minorities, especially African Americans, with...

Ruining our schools with politics!

I often take time to broadly survey the landscape of public schooling in America, and what I see happening these days is quite disturbing. We are witnessing a slow, painful dismantling of our public education system as we know it. This is a dangerous road we...

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...