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2008-10-07 21:00:31

By Jane Roberts Within weeks, students in Memphis City Schools who are habitually late or absent are going to find someone intervening in their lives, part of the "drill down" into truancy that Supt. Kriner Cash expects will turn up a host of underlying social issues. Four truancy assessment centers will be opened to help students sort through the issues that may be keeping them away from school. "It may be something as simple as you don't have school uniforms, or your parents are...

2008-10-01 21:00:19

By Jane Roberts Momentum is gathering to give local public education its own taxing authority, which likely would raise taxes but return accountability, school board members say. "We as a society raise taxes for education, but the way our current system is set up, once taxes are raised, local governing bodies can spend them any way they want," said Memphis City Schools board member Dr. Jeff Warren. Warren has written a proposal in which city and county schools would unite in one taxing...

2008-09-22 21:00:25

By Jane Roberts Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash expects his tenure here to be graded largely on how he executes on student achievement. In less than a year, he says his $15 million in proposed reforms will decrease the learning gap across Memphis' racial divide while increasing the number of students moving into advanced categories. "These are stretch targets and unheard of in an urban district," he told the board Thursday in a presentation that did not include budget specifics....

2008-09-16 18:00:27

By Jane Roberts Kia Young Tate, the 30-something Ph.D. in charge of Star Academy in Frayser, whoops and cheers like the children she teaches when she thinks what she could do with more money. "It would be awesome. It would be so great," she says, imagining computers in every classroom and Spanish-language classes for kindergartners. Last year, the K-5 charter school she runs received about $7,000 per student in government funding, compared to the roughly $9,000 Memphis City Schools gets...

2008-09-15 21:00:23

By Jane Roberts Memphis City Schools has restored four high school counseling jobs it cut this week after parents, particularly at White Station High School, raised the roof in anger. School board members received dozens of e-mails in a well-oiled phone tree and letter-writing campaign that cranked up Wednesday when White Station got news that well-loved counselor Pamela Gossett's position would be eliminated, along with 117 other teachers, counselors and librarians. The district has...

2008-09-01 18:00:22

By Jane Roberts If the final test of education is how well students compete in the global economy, the challenge for boards is clearing out the distractions. In Memphis, board of education members have decided it means tightening policy to limit the bickering that steals time from students. "The bulk of our work is not directly related to achievement," said board president Tomeka Hart. "Even when we are looking at the reading program, the conversation tends to be about the actual...

2008-08-08 21:00:23

By Jane Roberts Memphis City Schools plans to turn Frayser High into a school for overage students in its effort to create an environment where students can learn without fear. The move, announced in a school board work session Thursday night, would begin this fall and expand in the spring, said Irving Hamer, new deputy superintendent of academic operations. The plan includes evening classes for some and an 11-month schedule " to give these kids additional opportunity to accumulate...

2008-08-05 18:00:33

By Jane Roberts A week before Memphis Public Schools open, the new superintendent and his team announced far-reaching plans for redeveloping schools and schoolchildren, including comprehensive strategies for addressing the needs of nearly 25,000 students who are older than their grade-level peers. The unknown is the pending budget shortfall that could cut the school budget by half if the city council reduces its funding by $73.7 million and the state follows suit by withholding its...

2008-07-30 18:00:39

By Jane Roberts The silver lining, frankly, for air charter companies struggling in this fuel environment is that the pain the major airlines are suffering is worse. And the business they are driving to charters across the airfield is making a bad situation marginally less desperate. "From this time last year, business is down 25 percent," said Andrew Bettis, president of Premier Air Charter Corp., the largest air charter in town. "Unfortunately, because of fuel, I think revenues are...

2008-07-24 18:00:43

By Jane Roberts Northwest Airlines on Wednesday joined the rest of the industry in reporting significant second-quarter losses due to fuel costs. Northwest lost $377 million, or $1.43 a share, for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a net income of $2.1 billion in the same period last year. Excluding one-time charges and other factors, Northwest would have reported $170 million in income versus the $205 million it reported last year. Meanwhile, the carrier's fuel costs increased...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.