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The next mayor and our public schools – what should we expect?

The city of Memphis mayoral race is heating up. The candidate pool is crowded with 17 individuals trying to convince Memphis citizens that they have the leadership wherewithal to turn this city around. Strong leadership is a critical need in our city right now. The...

WEATHERS: Maui’s wildfires and public education collide

The devastation that occurred last week in the village of Lahaina on the Hawaii island of Maui was breathtaking. The island was hit with hurricane-force winds and wildfires unlike any they had ever experienced before. The photos and video footage of the flames and devastation...

Topic priorities for the 2023 school year

This school year will be a pivotable year for students, teachers, and administrators in school systems across the state and throughout our nation. For those of us who keep a close watch on local as well as national trends in our educational systems, one must...

Teacher shortage – Should we be concerned?

The opening of school is only a couple of weeks away, and while we have many issues to be concerned about, at the very top of the list is the shortage of qualified teachers to instruct our children.  There is nothing more stressful to school...

Affirmative Action: One step forward, two steps back

While growing up as a teenager, there was an expression used by my parents that has stayed with me my entire life. When I would do something they disapproved of, they would say: "Son, why do you always take one step forward and two steps...

Dear Top-Tier Superintendents

It looks like Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) will be restarting its search for a new district superintendent. The process has been so convoluted that it is hard to imagine any top-tier superintendent being interested in a place with such turmoil.  So, I thought I'd stick my...

My first foray into artificial intelligence (AI) to see what is revolutionizing education

Over the last 50 or more years, consumers have experienced an avalanche of technological innovations that have impacted almost every aspect of their lives. Three of the more impactful of these innovations include (1) the personal computer, (2) the internet, and (3) cellular phones. The impact...

Championing a community effort to improve 3rd-grade reading scores

TCAP scores are in, and I must say the excitement has never been greater.  This time, however, the performance of our third graders is at the center of all the attention.  Just in case you haven’t heard, our legislature upped the ante two years ago when...

Teachers, THANK YOU!

There was something extra special about last week's Teacher Appreciation celebrations. As an educator, I had the opportunity to work with some great classroom teachers during my career. But given what teachers have endured over the last three years, my respect and admiration have been...

No overstating the implications of third-grade reading scores

As we wrap up state TCAP testing this week, I congratulate and commend all our teachers and administrators for the hard work put in this school year to improve the achievement levels of our children. Now the waiting begins. This always is an anxious time of...