Carpenter to resign from Shelby County Commission - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Carpenter to resign from Shelby County Commission

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter plans to resign from his position so he can take over the reins of a non-profit focused on educational issues.

Carpenter will move to Nashville and become the Tennessee state director of StudentsFirst. October 1 will be his last day on the county commission.

"During my time on the County Commission, I have advocated for children and families and believe that with the support of my colleagues, we have improved the lives of Memphis and Shelby County children, Carpenter said in a written statement. "This new role is a natural extension of that work, because it will allow me to be an advocate for the kind of educational reform that can transform the lives of children throughout Tennessee for generations to come."

StudentsFirst was started by Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of public schools in Washington, D.C.

"For too long in our state and our nation, the education system has pitted the interests of adults against the best interests of children," Carpenter said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of a movement that seeks to put children above all else."

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