Curtis Weathers

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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...

Hey Tennessee legislators, we see what you’re doing!

Thanks to our forward-thinking Republican legislators in Tennessee, we now are members of the Permitless Carry Club, where most adults 21 and older can now carry a loaded handgun on their person, openly or concealed, without having to possess a permit.  And now, in their...

A classroom view of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic stand

On April 7, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the Supreme Court in a 53-to-47 vote, with all 50 members of the Democratic caucus supporting her nomination along with three Republicans. Many observers, however, were shocked at the level or the depths Republicans went...

Fresh start … Really?

My heart sunk to a familiar level of despair that I had not experienced for some time when I learned that Memphis-Shelby County Schools was going to “Fresh Start” two of its high schools and require all their teachers to re-apply and reinterview for...

Time to come together in Memphis about the ‘insanity’ of crime

It is impossible these days to turn on your television and not see or hear about people being assaulted, robbed or, worse, murdered in our community. Crime is clearly on the rise in Memphis and other urban communities throughout our nation. We cannot ignore or...

The state of our school system is NOT strong

First, I am not one to be overly critical of our school system. I try to reflect on most things from a positive perspective. I have watched all of the last three of Supt. Dr. Joris M. Ray’s State of the Schools presentations. I...