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MSCS Superintendent search – the ‘drama’ continues!

I am not the kind of person who likes to say, “I told you so.” But I told you so! It never fails, somehow or another “drama” has a way of finding a welcoming seat at the table when it comes to searching for a superintendent...

A new superintendent – the insider vs. outsider debate!

So last week, Toni Williams officially became a candidate for the Memphis-Shelby County Schools superintendent’s job. Williams’ candidacy has received pushback from some people because she was appointed to serve as interim superintendent after telling the School Board she was not interested in being the...

State of the District Address: ‘Triumphant Together’

Memphis-Shelby County Schools interim Superintendent Toni Williams on Tuesday (March 21) gave her 2023 State of The District address. It was her first, and I must admit, I was impressed. She did an outstanding job.  Just watching Superintendent Williams over the past few months, she seems...

A CRT update; Stay WOKE America!

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest war on racial truth, this update might be helpful in getting you caught up. And trust me, you want to stay current on what is happening in our nation concerning this particular topic.  It has been a...

For the children’s sake, let us not allow our history to be forgotten!

Has anyone else noticed a decline this year in the volume of Black History celebrations in our communities and, in particular, our schools?  Or am I just being paranoid! I’ve asked this question to friends who educators are, and they, too, agree that the enthusiasm and...

It’s hard out here for a Black man!

When I was younger, my friends and I used to talk a lot about our future and some of the things we wanted to accomplish in life.  At the end of our conversation, someone would always jokingly end the discussion with the statement, "but it's...

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...