YES--DO IT . . . I commented on another article about Cash~~I came from the West to teach in Memphis. JUNIORS AND SENIORS COULDN'T READ!!!! Kill the charter . . . kill it now!
I came from the West Coast to teach secondary in Memphis . . . from what I've experienced consolidation "hopefully" will address serious deficiencies instead of putting lipstick on a pig. I taught at a striving school~~juniors and seniors could not read . . . I was required to create fake lesson plans to meet district policy; teachers admonished not to remove disruptive students; be very careful if a student fails because we would have to justify our actions; no computers for teachers; no electronic grade book (something even the smallest schools I've taught at have); not enough text books~~but what was the point anyway when they couldn't read. As the principal stated~~he would remove 14 students and the district would send back 13. I was actually physically assaulted and students were not suspended. I've taught in Vegas, Reno, a private school in California, a small rural school in Colorado and even Washington State. Memphis, by far is the worst district I've ever encountered. Even the state test is laughable. For juniors to pass TN's writing test they were required to write at the level of the 7th graders I taught in Nevada and Washington. Yes, kill the charter and shake things up. What you're doing isn't working for the kids . . . not when they can't even READ
By Micaela Watts
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