Friday, December 9, 2022

Commentary

The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was not known for its racial tolerance in the 1960s and 1970s, as was the case for many colleges and universities in the deep South. In fact, it had a notorious reputation for treating...
I often take time to broadly survey the landscape of public schooling in America, and what I see happening these days is quite disturbing. We are witnessing a slow, painful dismantling of our public education system as we know it. This...
I have been following our state’s private school voucher debate for some time. It has been a frustrating journey to get to where we are today. The courts finally opened the doors for Shelby County and Metro Nashville private schools...
by Sam O’Bryant -- If you can read this article without trouble, it’s because someone invested in your literacy.  More than 20 percent of adults in Tennessee can’t say the same, according to the National Institute for Literacy. Literacy isn’t just...
A few weeks ago, Dr. Joris Ray resigned as superintendent of Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), and the school board ended the investigation into whether he violated district policy by having inappropriate relationships with district employees.  The board also just recently...
In a special called meeting, our school board has voted unanimously to relieve Dr. Joris M. Ray of his responsibilities as superintendent of Memphis Shelby County Schools.  Ray was on paid leave as outside counsel investigated allegations of extramarital affairs...
With National Black Business Month setting the context, Writing by Design Media, Inc., a public benefit corporation, will celebrate the fifth anniversary and the final edition of Memphis Small Business Quarterly. The print-plus-digital publication highlights the entrepreneurial journeys of Black...
I’ve been fretting all summer about the start of this school year. With district Supt. Dr. Joris Ray under investigation and on administrative leave, and so many other distractions, my hope for this school year has been at its...
by Michelle McKissack -- For our school-aged children and families, these last days of July bring the excitement of returning to school – shopping for school supplies, reuniting with old friends and making new ones. On August 8, Memphis-Shelby County...
The start of school always has been an exciting time of the year for many reasons. I always looked forward to “the first day of school” and hearing about everyone’s summer vacations and new expectations.  But we are about to embark...