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With signs that read stop the madness, teachers protesting said they are frustrated and concerned about the upcoming school merger. With signs that read stop the madness, teachers protesting said they are frustrated and concerned about the upcoming school merger.
Former MCS teachers got the attention of a lot of drivers as she stood and waved at passer-bys for hours Wednesday morning. Former MCS teachers got the attention of a lot of drivers as she stood and waved at passer-bys for hours Wednesday morning.
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(WMC-TV) - Several Memphis City schools teachers braved the heat to send a strong message to those inside Memphis City and Shelby County School boards.

Former MCS teacher Jacqueline Harrison got the attention of a lot of drivers as she stood and waved at passer-bys for hours Wednesday morning.

Harrison taught for 26 years at Wooddale High and said she was fired last year, even though she had tenure.

"I am without a job right now, have been for one year with no insurance benefits and an applicant for food stamps," said Harrison.

Harrison was just one of 120 teachers fired last year in an effort to increase school system effectiveness.

She said she was never given any warning that her performance was below the standard.

Now, she is protesting and fighting for those who have either been fired or excessed.

"We're very concerned that many of these teachers will end up on public assistance, food stamps, and we have one case now where one person is threatening to be evicted," she said.

With signs that read stop the madness, teachers protesting said they are frustrated and concerned about the upcoming school merger.

They hope the state comes in to monitor the unified school district and how it interprets the law, especially when it comes to firing tenured teachers.

"Non-re-elected teachers have a very small chance and a long process they must endure to get their jobs back," said Harrison.

The former MCS teachers who were out protesting said they plan to appear before the unified school board sometime during the summer to plead for their jobs back.

Action News Five contacted MCS district offices. They said they were aware of the protest, but had no comment.

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