Memphis, Jan. 22, 2014 -- Within 12 hours of one person starting a line outside Shelby County Schools, parents began pitching tents to get students into optional programs, expecting a five-day wait. Due to cold temperatures, school officials honored a sign-up sheet and that allowed campers to go home.
In a county with dozens of optional school programs, many parents still see few options. Why does Shelby County Schools struggle to retain the best and the brightest?
Every year, in the middle of January, hundreds of Memphis parents load up their mini-vans with tents, portable generators and a few days’ worth of provisions. Then, the stakeout begins. They drive past the Shelby County Schools administration building, waiting for somebody to start the line.