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Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work

Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work
Not since the late 1970s have teachers in Shelby County gone on strike, but faced with a fourth-consecutive year without salary increases and a more stringent evaluation, there’s talk that some educators could plan a ‘sick out–masses of teachers simultaneously calling in sick.
It’s illegal for Tennessee teachers to strike.
 
On Wednesday, the district’s communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences.  The district declined to make any further statement on the issue.
 
“That’s not best for kids and it creates a situation that’s not stable (with) a bunch of subs coming in,” said Dorsey Hopson, the district’s superintendent.

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Convoy of Hope expects to feed more than 8,000

Convoy of Hope expects to feed more than 8,000
One in five people in the Mid-South go hungry and one in four are children. Thirty percent of senior citizens live alone and are deprived of food. Also, more than 250,000 people in the Mid-South receive food stamps.
 
These glaring statistics prompted organizations like The Convoy of Hope Mid-South, a nonprofit corporation, to rally its volunteers, churches and other helping hands to help feed the hungry by distributing truckloads of donated food items.  

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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Cover charge not the answer to Beale St. challenges

Cover charge not the answer to Beale St. challenges
A night in the life of a Beale Street business-owner turned patron for an evening revolved into a dreadful experience. Bad customer service coupled with an entrance fee on a public street dampened the mood for me and my visitors on Saturday night (Aug. 23). 
 
On any given week I spend at least 50-60 hours a week in and around my office on Beale Street -- 203 Beale, Suite 200 to be exact. I seldom use my entertainment time or dollars in what is arguably Memphis’ most visited entertainment district. This first-hand involvement sets this past weekend’s scene. 

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  • Written by Bernal E Smith II
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GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee Republicans for their opposition to the union increasing its influence in the state.
 
The UAW has represented workers at the former Saturn plant since it opened on the outskirts of Nashville in 1990, but state Republicans including Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker have fought the union's efforts to gain representation of workers at Volkswagen's plant about 100 miles to the east in Chattanooga.

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Frayser and the Achievement School District connect

Frayser and the Achievement School District connect
Here’s how Sara Lewis recalls her first meeting with Chris Barbic, the superintendent brought to Tennessee in 2012 to lead a state takeover of struggling schools: “Let’s just say it wasn’t on the best of terms.”
 
Lewis, a former Memphis City Schools board member and education advocate, had already gained national media attention for pushing back against Barbic’s Achievement School District, saying that some schools in the district were not considering communities’ needs. When they met at a north Memphis high school, she raised those concerns in person.

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After scores fall, one ASD school says sole focus on Common Core hurt TCAP results

After scores fall, one ASD school says sole focus on Common Core hurt TCAP results
When Kristin Cornwell, a 4th grade teacher at Aspire Hanley 1, a charter school in Orange Mound, started evaluating her students in math this year, she thought they were the best prepared of any group she’d seen in her four years at the school.
 
“I saw a huge difference in students’ conceptual understanding of math,” she said. “They could explain why they were doing different things.”
 
But those same fourth graders’ scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, the state’s standardized test, were significantly lower than the scores of students who had been there the year before.

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