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MCS and the Carver protest

According to this information released by Memphis City Schools, local broadcast and print media outlets reported conflicting information regarding the peaceful protest at George Washington Carver High School on Monday.

This is the update provided to "help clear up confusing elements."

Media mention

• Teachers were fired or transferred.

Facts

• Teacher transfers were part of normal staffing adjustments made after the first 20 days of school. (Based on enrollment, teacher certification and/or state compliance.)

• No teachers were fired.

Media mention

• Vocal music and band classes have been cut.

Facts

• Band and music teacher positions are available and listed as placeholders in the schedule after staffing adjustments.

• These courses have not been cut.*

• Band and music had to receive approval due to additional allocations.

Media Mention

• Headline – "Walk Out at Carver High"

Fact

• Students staged a peaceful protest prior to the start of class.

Media Mention

• There is no air conditioning.

Fact

• The air conditioner went out on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 and was repaired by Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.**

Media Mention

• 9th graders only have "Lunch" listed on their schedules. ***

Facts

• This was an isolated incident involving only one or two students.

• The errors were corrected once brought to the attention of the administration.

George Washington Carver High School Student Concerns

Concern

• Required online courses are not available.

Explanation

• Courses have been entered and students are registered. The content of the actual class will not appear until they complete the "Intro to Online Learning" course.

Concern

• Administration charges $4 for a duplicate schedule.

Explanation

•No student has been assessed this fee.

Concern

• No senior class meeting has been held to communicate senior dues, Capstone, and trips.

Explanation

• A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Concern

• Students would receive a 180-day suspension for participating in the protest.

Explanation

• This was a peaceful protest and did not violate any school policy. Students were not and will not be disciplined.

Concern

• Vocal music and band classes have been cut.

Facts

• Band and music teacher positions are available and listed as placeholders in the schedule after staffing adjustments.

• These courses have not been cut.

• Band and music had to receive approval due to additional allocations.

• The district will be working with the newly appointed principal to clear up additional issues or concerns.

* Clarification regarding: "These courses have not been cut."

Band and choir courses were not cut from the curriculum, but the School Improvement Grant that funded the two course instructors was unavailable this year. Work is being done to secure either part-time or full-time instructors for these courses. These classes will resume once a teacher(s) is in place. In the meantime, students were issued course placeholder cards (to reserve a spot) and are taking other classes.

** Clarification regarding the air conditioning: Some students expressed concern about this while others did not.

Mr. Rhodes (regional superintendent) met with 11 student government leaders who wrote specific concerns for him to address. The air was out last Wednesday, but was repaired on Thursday.

*** Clarification regarding schedules with only lunch and homeroom listed. MCS stated, "This was an isolated incident involving 1 or 2 students."

At the start of school, work was done immediately to rectify all scheduling issues. Such cases occur when students who are new to the district need to be uploaded into the system. For example, a student may have transferred from charter schools, county schools, or other cities, and does not have data on file. These students receive a temporary schedule before obtaining a final class schedule.

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