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Concern expressed for teachers in schools slated for closure

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools will close nine schools throughout the district, which could make life very difficult for teachers.

SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson cited student achievement as one of the main reasons for the latest set of school closures in the district.

"When we look at all the data, what we're doing right now, friends, community members, neighbors, it is not working," said Hopson.

But some people within the district say the move to close schools will not improve student achievement

"If you think you have a low literacy rate and achievement problem, why do you double the size of schools," wondered Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams, who insists the district's move to close schools will hurt student achievement. "All research says smaller schools and smaller class sizes will yield better results."

Williams is a vocal advocate for teachers in the district, so naturally, he says this week's decision really hurts teachers in those schools looking for jobs.

"When you close your school and say your closing it because of academic achievement. What does that say? You are casting a shadow on those teachers in those buildings," added Williams.

It is unclear how many teachers will be affected by the closures, but as parents scramble to find out where their child is going to go, teachers at those schools will have to scramble as well to find employment next school year.

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