Hundreds of fired-up teachers, parents, and community members at Raleigh Egypt High and American Way Middle schools shouted down state education and charter officials Monday night with chants and boos at two meetings intended to introduce charter school operators to the school communities they might absorb next year.
Members of the crowd at Raleigh Egypt said attempts at taking over schools was not only ineffective and destructive, but amounted to a scheme to make money off children, a charge officials flatly denied.
A group of state lawmakers representing area districts are headed to schools today (Oct. 27) to spread awareness about a unique educational opportunity with a looming deadline.
The deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise – a scholarship program designed to provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee – is Nov. 1.
Before it unfolded at Breath of Life Christian Church last weekend, it had happened six times before in Greater Memphis since September, with plans to replicate it four more times by Nov. 8.
By name, they are known as Healthy Church Fairs. The sponsor – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – is determined to make them synonymous with service. All that the events have to offer were on display at Breath of Life Christian Church, located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Rd., on Oct. 18.
What could’ve been just a devastating diagnosis turned into a strengthening experience that led breast cancer survivor Staci Franklin to her current mission – spreading awareness and hope.
Five years into her mission, Franklin was mingling with guests and kicking it on the dance floor recently (Oct. 18) during A Pink Affair, a fundraiser sponsored by Staci & Friends for A Cure at The Bridges Center at 477 North Fifth Street. Her demeanor reflected what she wants women to know – that a breast cancer diagnosis does not have to be the end of the story.
“Vote No on 1: The Civil Rights Perspective” will be the focus on Monday (Oct. 27) of an event that will feature several prominent African-American leaders and organizations during a gathering at the headquarters of AFSCME Local 1733 at 485 Beale St.
Vote No on One Tennessee, the primary campaign focused on defeating Amendment 1, will hold the event in an effort to raise awareness about “Amendment 1’s dangerous consequences” and drive up voter turnout in Memphis.
Dinaw Mengestu will be in Memphis on a mission next month – to stimulate area residents to embrace a deeper and more widespread level of reading. That he is even alive to do so is a story itself.
An Ethiopian immigrant, Mengestu is the author of “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” First published in 2007, it blends fiction with fact and Mengestu’s own history, detailing the experiences of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country’s revolution 17 years earlier.