Sunday, December 5, 2021

Education

Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn now are noteworthy mile markers on the learning journeys of the emerging scholars at Hanley Elementary School in Orange Mound. Lee, Schwinn and a various other elected officials dropped in to...
The fifth annual Greater Memphis Media Scholarship Awards presentation was held at LeMoyne-Owen College on Tuesday. “It’s about providing one of the pinnacles of social justice – education opportunities – for HBCU's and (about) recognizing Shelby County Schools educators for...
by Curtis Weathers -- Shelby County Schools Supt. Dr. Joris Ray, in his second State of the District address last Friday, enthusiastically declared that “THE STATE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STRONG!” I missed last year’s presentation, so I was not...
The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the Memphis Grizzlies and its community partners from expanding their mission to mentor students.  The group demonstrated their determination during a ceremony April 6 at Booker T. Washington High School, where they unveiled a...
by Curtis Weathers -- The sudden and unprecedented shuttering of our nation's school buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced educators to face the most jarring and rapid change of perhaps any profession in history. Within a moment's notice, teachers...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University students in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Investment Challenge Program delivered double-digit returns in 2020, outpacing the S&P 500 Total Return Index for the calendar year, despite tremendous market volatility brought on by COVID-19. “The year 2020...
When Porsha Holloway attended “data nights” every few months at her children’s Memphis school, she left lost, with no real understanding of how her children were performing. “It’s complicated,” Holloway told reporters Monday about learning progress for her four children...
Shelby County Schools has a new plan to ensure more students enter third grade at third-grade reading level.  The plan comes as the state strengthens laws on student retention. Starting in 2022, the new law requires students to be held back...
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made history this week with the announcement that an African American will chair its board of directors for the first since the organization's founding in 1944. Atlanta business and civic leader Milton C. Jones...
by Curtis Weathers -- Every year, I am always saddened to see the end of Black History Month.  In the past, I have tried to extend the celebration in my own creative ways but, because of other distractions, I eventually relent...