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Frayser and the Achievement School District connect

Frayser and the Achievement School District connect
Here’s how Sara Lewis recalls her first meeting with Chris Barbic, the superintendent brought to Tennessee in 2012 to lead a state takeover of struggling schools: “Let’s just say it wasn’t on the best of terms.”
 
Lewis, a former Memphis City Schools board member and education advocate, had already gained national media attention for pushing back against Barbic’s Achievement School District, saying that some schools in the district were not considering communities’ needs. When they met at a north Memphis high school, she raised those concerns in person.

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After scores fall, one ASD school says sole focus on Common Core hurt TCAP results

After scores fall, one ASD school says sole focus on Common Core hurt TCAP results
When Kristin Cornwell, a 4th grade teacher at Aspire Hanley 1, a charter school in Orange Mound, started evaluating her students in math this year, she thought they were the best prepared of any group she’d seen in her four years at the school.
 
“I saw a huge difference in students’ conceptual understanding of math,” she said. “They could explain why they were doing different things.”
 
But those same fourth graders’ scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, the state’s standardized test, were significantly lower than the scores of students who had been there the year before.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* MULYP Empowerment Conference
6:30pm-9:30pm | The Crescent Club
 
* Avery Sunshine in Concert
7pm | 1884 Lounge 

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Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest
It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.
But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
The lineup includes performances by Courtney Little, Mighty Kings of Harmony, Melodic Truth, Stevenson Clark, Spiritual Excitement, the Bell Singers, Moses Tyson Jr., the Jubilee Hummingbirds, the Bogard Brothers, STAX Music Academy, the Supreme Harmonettes, the Baptist Ministerial Male Chorus, the Salem Harmonizers, the Strong Family, the WLOK Anniversary Choir, the Brown Singers, and Darrel Pettis.

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GOOD BLUE & YOU

GOOD BLUE & YOU
(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week’s focus is on Patrolman Lakisha Cleveland and Patrolman Mary Bibbs.)
 
A group of young ladies were the main course on the evening of July 31st after participating in The Memphis Police Department Tillman Station Girls Summer Camp and graduating at The Word Church on Park Avenue. With several officers in the mix, a heaping of love along with side dishes of wisdom and care was plenty to go around.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
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