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The Classic at 25 – still ‘team’ powered

The Classic at 25 – still ‘team’ powered

The staff of Summitt Management was diligently working deadline lists Monday (Sept. 8) in preparation for the 25th edition of the Southern Heritage Classic when a call from the Peabody Hotel caused t

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Memphis school improvement efforts in spotlight as Duncan finishes back-to-school tour

Memphis school improvement efforts in spotlight as Duncan finishes back-to-school tour

Efforts to improve historically low-scoring schools in Memphis were in the national spotlight Wednesday as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan ended his back-to-school bus tour of southern states with a pep rally and town hall meeting at Cornerstone Prep, a charter school that’s part of the state-run Achievement School District.

Duncan said he chose to end his tour in Memphis in order to “look at the turnaround work that’s happening there and the overall improvement in schools.”

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Memphis, group gets 2 federal crime-related grants

Memphis, group gets 2 federal crime-related grants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials say the city of Memphis and a safe-neighborhoods organization have received two grants totaling more than $1 million to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and reduce gang and gun violence.

The U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee says the city, in collaboration with the Shelby County Rape Crisis Center, will use a $900,000 grant to improve post-testing requirements for victim notifications, investigations and prosecution of sexual assault cases resulting from the processing of backlogged rape kits.

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Five ways White House Director David Johns wants to help black students succeed

Five ways White House Director David Johns wants to help black students succeed

White House Director David Johns admittedly gets a little emotional when he talks about improving educational opportunities for black students he affectionally calls “babies” – a nod to his Twitter hashtag #TeachTheBabies.

“Excellence is absent when talking about black kids in education,” said Johns who leads the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The two-year-old initiative seeks to spark a conversation between school districts across the country on ways to educate low-income black students. “We live in a society where we believe black students aren’t smart. We hear that more black men are in prison than in college and that’s not true. We need to do a better job of policing what’s said about our babies.”

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Governor gets report on Tenn. juvenile jails

Governor gets report on Tenn. juvenile jails
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A security audit will be performed on all three of the state's youth development centers after a recent breakout and violence at the facility in Middle Tennessee, according to a preliminary report sent to the governor.
 
The Department of Children's Services sent the report to Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday after 32 teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville on the night of Sept 1. Just two nights later, two dozen detainees broke into the yard wielding sticks and spraying a fire extinguisher.

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Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy

Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
About 40 four-year-olds bounded from a school bus into an East Nashville prekindergarten center on its opening day in August. Their parents, who had ridden with them, followed close behind, holding up iPhones and video recorders.
 
The parents were documenting not only first day of school for their children, but the beginning stages of an ambitious pre-kindergarten initiative that district leaders hope will serve as a model for early education in Nashville.

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