MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton says two bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature yesterday smack of “racism, classism, and schoolyard bullying.”
The measures would hem the city in by limiting its ability to annex surrounding communities.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the bills were introduced by three east Shelby County Republicans. One of the measures was introduced by Sen. Mark Norris and Rep. Curry Todd, both of Collierville; the other by Norris and Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett.
MEMPHIS — A charter school and a private education company will take over two Memphis schools.
The schools to be run by the new operators have not been identified.
Gestalt Schools, which is based in Memphis, and private Cornerstone Prep received state approval on Tuesday to run one school each, according to The Commercial Appeal. The schools are among those which failed to meet student achievement benchmarks.
Gestalt runs the Power Center Academy charter school in Hickory Hill.
A Middle Tennessean will join Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and several other celebrities when they pick up awards tomorrow at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
The 2011 National Freedom Awards are being presented this year to civil rights pioneers in several fields, including education, sports, the arts, and activism.
Special awards for what the museum calls “icons” of the American civil rights movement will also be presented. The museum’s Gwen Harmon says Middle Tennessee’s John Seigenthaler will be among seven Icon recipients.