If I told you that 1+1= 2, you'd agree. If I told you that 2+2= 4, you'd say right on. If I told you that 4+4= 8, you'd say OK, now make your point.
Our simple addition here is 100 percent correct, but I'm not handing out any cookies. Why? Because I see another law at work. The one where 1+1 just may equal millions.
That's the way Christopher Ryan Marve sees it. He's an educator, and educators – the ones who are really serious about their profession – must see it this way.
What would you like to see in and/or from the superintendent who is hired to run the Unified School District?
"(Homegrown) with some national enlightenment as to the inner workings of a large urban district....This is a grand opportunity for the district to access the wealth of young talent and their ideas as to how to guide this unique educational experience with the new consolidated system. Though an educational background is important, someone with stringent leadership abilities and a keen sense of community and diversity will be of great value....The key is to place the dollar value in the education of the student and not so much the administration."
Asked by the Kiwanis Club to speak on the "State of the County," Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. vowed not to " sugar coat things."
"We have serious issues that are facing our county," said Luttrell, speaking Wednesday at the University Club on Central at Lamar. "Issues that require aggressive leadership and collaboration – issues like education, crime, blight, access to healthcare, juvenile court reform, government inefficiencies, and lack of job growth.
"If we bring the right people to the table, have candid discussions, and educate the public, I believe we can overcome these challenges."
"Instead of getting in line, parents will get online," says William White, executive director of Research, Assessment, Evaluation and Student Information at Memphis City Schools.
White's words concisely describe the new General Choice Transfer process, designed as an easier way for parents to apply for student transfers in the public school system.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb, 15, and running through April 1, parents throughout Memphis and Shelby County may apply for student transfers for 2013-14 using any available computer with Internet access without standing in line.
Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on Thursday evening.
The first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Wilkerson will speak during an event that begins with a reception at Rose Theatre at 6 p.m. Her lecture is set for 6:30 p.m.
In her book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," Wilkerson describes one of the great under-reported stories of twentieth-century American history: the "Great Migration" of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. She tells the story of three who made the journey, of the forces that compelled them to leave, and of the many others – famous and not so famous – who went as far as they could to realize the American Dream.
AT&T Tennessee has put its support behind two special exhibitions as part of its salute to African American History Month 2013.
That support includes a $25,000 contribution to the Tennessee State Museum to help fund the exhibition of the Emancipation Proclamation in Nashville, Feb. 12-18. AT&T also plans to unveil a new exhibition highlighting the 2013 honorees of the Tennessee African American History Calendar sponsored by the company.
A strategic plan helps a new group president put a stamp on the course he or she has in mind. This week, the Rev. Keith Norman, the new president of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), rolled out his.
Dubbed the "5 Game Changers for the 21st Century," Norman's plan comes as the Memphis Branch NAACP pushes forward with its annual fundraising campaign, the Freedom Fund Gala, which takes place March 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Norman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, has taken over the NAACP reigns held for 11 years by Dr. Warner Dickerson.