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Southwest Tennessee Community College was among five community colleges honored for their work advancing access and success for students on April 15 at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Awards of Excellence Gala, part of AACC’s 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Led by President Tracy Hall, Southwest was recognized in the...
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups came out Monday against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal, which he has pitched as a way to help low-income students who attend low-performing schools. The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, which champions policies that address disparities in...
With its funding expiring, a Memphis program for students coming out of juvenile detention could end soon, despite a three-year record of job placement and low recidivism. The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer. The U.S. Department of Education, which funnels Justice Department funds to programs,...
Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee’s Republican-controlled legislature are sticking with language in education voucher legislation that would check families’ immigration status to participate, even though doing so could land the state in court. The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to advance Lee’s plan to create education savings accounts, a new...
The Shelby County Schools board delayed picking a national superintendent search firm Monday after three board members said they would rather stick with the interim leader who is a career Memphis educator. Stephanie Love, who initially nominated Joris Ray to lead the district in December, said Ray has already proved...
Shelby County Schools Board Member Michelle McKissack was elected to the national Steering Committee of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) at the National School Board Association annual conference in Philadelphia on March 30, 2019. “This is such a huge honor to serve in this capacity and represent...
Adults were the ones listening to students teach this week as Memphis student advocates shared their recommendations on how to reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. Six students at G.W. Carver College and Career Academy, an alternative school, worked for months on suggestions for Shelby County Schools leaders that they believe...
Minority and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area are having the same issues with workforce development that FedEx and other larger corporations face, said Jozelle Luster Booker, president of The Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum. So when MMBC Continuum members met at the beginning of the year to set...
A bill that would let teachers carry concealed guns in Tennessee schools advanced Wednesday in the legislature, even as law enforcement officers and several teachers spoke against the proposal. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville, is modeled after a controversial 2016 state law that allows full-time faculty,...
As momentum builds for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed voucher bill, black voucher supporters in Memphis have been largely silent on the issue — or they have changed their tune. Last week, when the bill came before and subsequently cleared a key House committee, no black leaders from Memphis spoke...