Education

by Alisha Tillery -- When Lakeisha Cooper graduated from high school in 2005, she enrolled in the University of Memphis, but the transition from high school to college wasn’t an easy one. By her sophomore year, her grades had suffered. She gave birth to her first child and, to provide...
Veteran Shelby County Schools Board Commissioner Kevin Woods will continue on as the District 4 representative and seek reelection – a decision prompted by “the current environment.” Woods has been an SCS board member since the merger of the old Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems. Earlier, he...
The Tiger Pantry, which operates throughout the year at the University of Memphis, has extended its hours and adjusted in other ways to help students in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Tristan McKenzie, who serves as a graduate assistant case manager in the Student Outreach and Support Program,...
by Jerome Wright -- LeMoyne-Owen College graduating senior Joe Rains Mvula (M-voo-la) is looking forward to marching across the stage in May to receive his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. But for Mvula and thousands of graduating seniors at high schools, and colleges and universities across the country, they may not experience...
A fourth case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Shelby County, but the case is unconnected to the previous three, officials said. “Yesterday (Tuesday), we announced three. We now have four, and the fourth case is not connected to cases one and two…which are connected. “It is not connected to...
Tennessee legislative leaders filed a proposal Tuesday to drop state testing and waive the required 180 days of classroom instruction this year as schools shutter statewide without certainty of when they’ll reopen amid a public health emergency. The proposal aims to lift the burden of testing and other state mandates from public...
Tennessee officials are far from reaching a consensus about the best way to improve students’ reading scores, but they agree on one point. “We do not have an option to do nothing,” said Rep. Mark White, a Memphis lawmaker who chairs a key legislative committee on education. While reading is considered...
The former superintendent of public schools in Nevada is the chief consultant developing Tennessee's new charter school commission. Steve Canavero’s $50,000 contract with the Department of Education began on Feb. 1 and will end on June 30, with an option to renew at that time, according to documents obtained by...
by Dr. Tracy D. Hall -- When I first arrived in Memphis, I would drive around some of the neighborhoods to get a sense of the city, get a tactile feel for its gifts, challenges, opportunities and people. After all, community colleges are not just institutions of higher learning, but...
“They wanted me to shut up and dribble, but I kept going.” Kevin Richardson, a member of the Central Park 5, was speaking to an audience at the University of Memphis University Center Thursday evening. The event was held by the University of Memphis chapter of the National Association for...