Bold School Reform Model Put to the Test in Memphis


By Andrew Monger, Staff Editor

When faced with the task of reforming Memphis Public Schools, the Memphis school board made an interesting decision. Instead of following in the path of many education reformers by implementing changes to teachers’ contracts or teacher evaluations, the Memphis school board chose to close down the public school system and merge it with the surrounding county.

A recent article in the New York Times outlines the current situation. How will more affluent schools in the county react when low-income students from the city move into their school system? So far, the case has highlighted racial tensions between the city of Memphis and Shelby County. It also could be a proving ground for a bold new method to reform urban school districts.

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