Sunday, February 28, 2021

Education

Superintendent Joris Ray is delaying students’ return to Memphis classrooms for a third time, despite the governor asking him to offer in-person instruction by mid-February and legislators threatening to cut state funding. Leaders of Shelby County Schools, Tennessee’s largest district,...
by Curtis Weathers -- First, let me congratulate Tennessee legislators for the hard work they did last week in a special session that produced desperately needed support for our students and teachers in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition...
As the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris unfolded in the U.S. Capitol, Shelby County Schools teachers and students took it in as a learning experience. Thousands of SCS students watched the transition of power....
The Jan. 6 assault on the nation’s Capitol was a colossal failure of leadership and responsibility on numerous fronts, and has left our country as divided as ever. It was an event for the ages. Literally, at the behest of America’s...
Trailblazing academician Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis believed that education was a tool that positioned one “to give back.” Surrounded by her family Thursday morning at 5:30, Dr. Mariam DeCosta-Willis died peacefully at her East Memphis home. She was 86. University professor and...
Tennessee plans to invest $100 million of one-time federal funds in phonics-based reading programs in a sweeping attack on low student literacy rates that have bedeviled the state for decades. Calling it an “exciting moment,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on...
by Curtis Weathers -- First, let me congratulate and welcome our nation’s new designated Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. We celebrate the Biden administration’s choice, which needs approval by the U.S. Senate, for this very important position and I’m sure...
Generation USA, a nonprofit organization that transforms education to employment systems, and Southwest Tennessee Community College are partnering to offer free online Digital Marketing Analyst and IT Help Desk Technician training to the Memphis metropolitan area beginning in January...
by Curtis Weathers -- Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs will begin her new tenure as president of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) Jan. 5. She will be the college’s 13th president and brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to the job...
Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs has been named the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College. A higher education veteran, Dr. Fairs takes over at Memphis' only HBCU on January 5th. Most recently vice-president of Student Affairs at Delta State University in Mississippi, Dr....