Thursday, November 4 2010 6:57 PM EDT2010-11-04 22:57:02 GMT
Bill and Melinda Gates came this week to check out their investment in Memphis City Schools. As you know, a year ago, the Gates generously donated $90 million to help Memphis public education. The grant has already helped Memphis City Schools hire better and more experienced teachers for many classrooms.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:48:27 GMT
(WMC) - Collierville police say two robberies nearly a month apart may be linked. Reportedly, the two incidents both involve beauty professionals who work near the Winchester corridor of southeast Memphis. TheMore >>
Collierville police say two robberies nearly a month apart may be linked. Reportedly, the two incidents both involve beauty professionals who work near the Winchester corridor of southeast Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:47:14 GMT
(WMC) - The groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel, named The Guest House at Elvis' longtime home Graceland, is set for August 14. The Guest House is said to include 450 rooms, meeting and special eventsMore >>
The groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel, named The Guest House at Elvis' longtime home Graceland, is set for August 14.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:46:06 GMT
(WMC) - Two people were sent to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday night. Police are investigating, and the driver remained in the area of the incident at HillviewMore >>
Two people were sent to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday night.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Bill and Melinda Gates visited Hamilton High School Wednesday to talk about the grant their foundation awarded last year to Memphis City Schools.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the $90 million grant to Memphis City Schools last year, which is being used to fund the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a program that focuses on empowering teachers and student success.
The couple chose Hamilton High as their first stop because it's ground zero in their effort to uplift striving schools.
"This is a school that is willing to take on bold reform, hard changes, and figure out how to get the very best teachers in here," Melinda Gates said.
"If you want the economy of education in Memphis to be strong, the best way to make that happen is improve these high schools," Bill Gates added.
In its first year, the TEI program began measuring what makes a great teacher by surveying teachers and students.
"We picked Memphis partly to help Memphis, but our overall goal is to help the whole U.S. Education system," Bill Gates said.
The Gates Foundation is learning what makes a great teacher so it can set up a system to share tools with those teachers who are not meeting the mark.
"It was selected because of the commitment to make changes to improve the results," Bill Gates said.
Gates added that the continuity of keeping Superintendent Doctor Kriner Cash in place is integral to the program.
"If Hamilton gets additional resources, that's a good thing, but I hope we maintain the continuity of the positive continuity that's developed here over the last couple of years," he said.
The TEI is a seven year program, and the Gates plan to put their findings online, so the rest of the nation can benefit.
Click here to read a fact sheet about what the Gates Foundation hopes to achieve in Memphis.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:31:11 GMT
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun. "I grew up with the fair, I was about a week old when I came to my first one," said Dan Jordan, an attendee. JordanMore >>
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:08:54 GMT
(WMC) - Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, will stand trial beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Maurice Brown Jr. was reported missing on July 1, 2012. His fatherMore >>
The trial for Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, began Tuesday morning in Memphis. More >>