Mid-South News
5:18 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

TN Wants To Prove Failing Schools Can Be Turned Around Quickly

The State of Tennessee is running day-to-day operations at Corning Elementary and two other schools in Frayser.

At Corning Elementary in Frayser, a group of kindergarteners gathered around their teacher Erica Allen. As they all clapped in rhythm, Allen asked her young students to read the word on a card she was holding. They chanted, “Can! Can! Can!”

The kindergarteners don’t remember this, but last year Corning was run by Memphis City Schools, and the school’s average score on the state’s TCAP exam was an F.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Paul Tough In Memphis To Talk About 'How Children Succeed'

Author Paul Tough's latest book is "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character."
Mary McIlvaine Photography

Author Paul Tough thinks America’s schools aren’t doing a good job teaching character. Tough has covered education for the New York Times Magazine and This American Life. His latest book is How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Tough was in Memphis to speak at a charter school run by the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which aims to teach character skills—things like zest, self-control, and, yes, grit—alongside math and reading. 

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Mid-South News
2:04 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Doors Open At Three State-Run Schools In Memphis

A rock-climbing wall was one of the attractions set up for the Achievement School District picnic in Frayser.

Tennessee’s new Achievement School District kicked off the year with a party. In the parking lot beside Frayser Elementary School, kids danced, slid on slides, and bounced in inflated houses. There was even a rock-climbing wall and laser-tag.

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7:40 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Does Education Really Need the Dough?

Marketing is my beat. Not education.

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Mid-South Features
6:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Flagg Grove School: Restoration Of An African-American Schoolhouse

Jim Smith standing at the front door of Flagg Grove School. Smith says there used to be a front porch.
Candice Ludlow

Education is the key to social mobility in the United States.  This fact was not lost on African Americans who were enslaved and later sharecroppers in the South.  In the 1880s one-room schools sprouted up throughout the region.  Many of them are now gone forever and just a distant memory.  But Flagg Grove School in rural West Tennessee is an exception. 

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