Saturday, July 2, 2022

Commentary

by Terence Patterson -- We’ve finally all settled into the “back to school” routine – set bedtime schedules, flexed new backpacks, made new friends and reunited with old ones. This school year, while things feel different coming through the COVID-19...
Children’s hospitals are on the frontline of care for kids, anchoring the pediatric safety net for the most vulnerable among us. Tragically, COVID-19 infections are growing among children, respiratory illnesses such as RSV are surging, and the ongoing mental...
by Curtis Weathers -- Many of you I’m sure were like me when the corona virus vaccines started to come online.   I remember thinking how fortunate we were as a nation and how wonderful it will be when our schools return...
by Curtis Weathers -- As we welcomed back our students, educators and their support teams last week, district TCAP test scores arrived on the public’s doorsteps as well. As predicted, the results were, again, sobering. But before we dive into the numbers,...
by Michael Harriot -- Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its first trove of demographic data from the 2020 census, leading many to divest in cryptocurrency and put all of their money in the rapidly emerging washcloth market.   But...
by Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson -- When I think of South Memphis, I think of the community that has nurtured me throughout my life.  I lived with my parents and brother at 644 D Mississippi Blvd. in Foote Homes and have fond...
by Curtis Weathers --  The test results are in and the numbers paint a gloomy and troubling picture of the daunting challenges ahead for Tennessee schools in both the immediate and distant future. As a former principal, whenever test scores arrived...
by Curtis Weathers -- Just when you think things couldn’t get any worst, this happens!  Last week, amid pressure from Republican lawmakers, the Tennessee Department of Health fired Dr. Michelle Fiscus, medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs.  The firing...
by Angela Sargent -- About noon March 13, 2020, the announcement came over the public address system: “Teachers, please prepare students for dismissal. School will be closing early.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what was in store for...
by Rep. Steve Cohen -- Memphis and Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District have unique and specific needs – needs unlike those in Montana, Florida or New York City. I am pleased to announce that, for the first time in 10 years,...