Education

  Southwest Tennessee Community College to offer free hospitality class next month

A newly awarded grant from EDGE could soon open the doors for dozens of people to a career in hospitality.

Palestine-Wheatley School District closed Thursday and Friday due to illness

  School employees, parents raise money to buy vehicle for Germantown custodian

  UTHSC scientists awarded $2M grant for diabetes research

Lafayette Co. Sheriff’s Dept. seeking information concerning recent threats made against schools

  Victim kidnapped by former teacher settles lawsuit with Maury Co. School District

2 SCS schools dismissing early due to power outages

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Lafayette County Schools dismissing early for weather concerns

‘This is not a position I take lightly’: Thomas Hudson releases message after being named acting president of JSU

  Lawmaker calls for investigation of new Tennessee school voucher program

  School closings announced in the Mid-South

UofM cancels summer programs to China due to coronavirus outbreak

  Shelby County joins lawsuit targeting Tennessee’s school voucher law

  Tenn. lawmaker attempts to stop ‘lunch debt shaming’

One thing that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree on is that no child should go hungry at school, but they disagree about how the debt should be paid.

  Several Mid-South school districts dismissing early after severe weather threats

Multiple school districts in the Mid-South are closing early after severe weather threatens the area.

  Teacher’s Union wants to ensure proposed pay raises actually goes to teacher paychecks

Education was a key focus of Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State address. Lee laid out a plan with “record-setting” teacher salary increases and expansions for mental health programs.

  Germantown Planning Commission meeting about controversial cell phone tower near school

Germantown leaders will discuss a proposal that’s become quite controversial.

Bill being drafted would require computer science class in Mississippi schools

Multi-million dollar school set to open in Tipton County

  Kate Bond Middle School safe to resume classes following suspected carbon monoxide leak

  Questions raise after incident sickens Kate Bond Middle School students

  Teacher pay bill clears first step in Miss. Senate

  Oxford School District considers detectors to curb vaping

SCSO: Juvenile arrested for reportedly carrying gun at Bolton High School

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mississippi juvenile Thursday morning for carrying a gun on the campus of an Arlington high school.

Lead-contaminated water fountains removed from Rhodes College

Rhodes College has removed several contaminated water fountains after testing all fountains on campus.

  SCS superintendent searching for ‘change champions’ in first-ever State of the District

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray is asking the community to be change champions. In SCS’s first-ever State of the District, Ray said the district needs resources-- both monetary and good word of mouth.

  West Collierville Middle School closed the rest of the week for increasing flu-related absences

The district says 462 students were absent Wednesday out of the 1,286 students enrolled.

  Shelby County School Board votes to keep three charter schools open

The Shelby County School Board decided to not close three charter schools at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

  SCS teachers protest professional development program at county school board meeting

Educators addressed the commissioners, expressing frustration about the district’s professional development program, and the required 64 hours of continuing education courses.

  Local Boys and Girls Club vocational program gains national attention

In a 23,000 square foot facility, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis trains hundreds of Memphis students for five career tracks: culinary, automotive, welding, logistics and information technology.

Hundreds of students out sick with flu at Collierville school

A district spokesperson tells WMC Action News 5 the West Collierville Middle School had 325 students absent at the start of school Tuesday, and flu likely accounts for as many as 275 of those absences.

  Tennessee education leaders grilled over school vouchers

Members of the Tennessee Department of Education faced tough questions from state lawmakers in the joint government operations committee over the governor’s school voucher program.

  Aspire Public Schools announces name change

The Aspire Public Schools in Memphis will soon become "Journey Community Schools."

  Ole Miss launches food, drink delivery bots

Robots are taking over the Ole Miss campus -- lunch, that is.

  SCS employee charged with sexual exploitation of a minor faces judge

A Shelby County Schools employee faced a judge Thursday after being charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

  Marion School District looking to implement hybrid calendar

The Marion School District is considering a school year that stretches from the end of July until early June with several breaks along the way.

Hardeman Co. Schools to close Friday, Monday due to illness

Hardeman County Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 27, due to illness.

Teach 901 job fair looking to fill positions for the 2020-2021 school year

More than 25 school operators will join Teach 901 to host a job fair next month.

  SCS employee on administrative leave after police find more than 100 child porn images on his Google account

Patrick Albano is charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

  Community mourns two children killed in drive-by shooting

The Collierville community is mourning the loss of two children after police say they were victims of a suspected drive-by shooting.

  Marion School District considering year-round school calendar, staggered start times

Marion School District is considering what they’re calling a hybrid calendar, which would have students attending classes nine weeks at a time with two-week breaks in between.

Ole Miss launching robot food delivery service

Ordering food just got easier for students at the University of Mississippi.

Rozelle Elementary School to reopen Wednesday following kitchen fire, flood

Classes will be back in session at Rozelle Elementary School Wednesday after the school was closed due to a weekend kitchen fire and flood.

  High-performing Shelby Co. schools receive $1 million donation from Plough Foundation

While some donations aim to help underperforming schools, this one is going toward those schools doing better.

Crosswind Elementary in Collierville closed today due to electrical problems

Collierville Schools have closed an elementary school after electrical problems in the building.

  St. Patrick Catholic Church plans to open Montessori school

St. Patrick Catholic Church Downtown plans to turn its former elementary school into a Montessori school near the FedEx Forum, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

Mississippi graduation rate reaches all-time high

The dropout rate too fell to an historic low of 9.7%.

  Documents show SCS teacher accused of having sexual relationship with boy gave him a cell phone

Documents from the State Board of Education show he had given the 14-year-old boy a cell phone.

  Students that integrated Memphis City Schools 60 years ago honored with mural

To kick off this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, pioneers in civil rights history are being honored in Memphis. Nearly 60 years ago, three young African American students helped integrate Memphis City Schools by attending Bruce Elementary School.

Tennessee lawmaker creates bill to add child care options for state employees

A Tennessee state senator from Memphis has created a bill to give state workers child care options.

  Mural to honor historic moment in Memphis integration

At a time in their lives when kids just wanted to be kids, a group of first graders known as the “Memphis 13” took the first steps toward integrating Memphis Schools. Now they’re being honored for their heroism.

  Miss. IHL board delays vote on relocation of Confederate monument on Ole Miss campus

Plans to remove a Confederate monument on the campus of Ole Miss were delayed Thursday, after the state’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board halted a vote planned for a morning meeting.

  Later start time approved for new high school in Lakeland

Lakeland is making a big decision that will impact students and parents. Soon, high school students in Lakeland won’t have to wake up as early for school.

University of Memphis plans to launch Kindergarten program at Campus School

The University of Memphis plans to open another addition to its Campus School.

Westhaven Elementary dismisses early for nearby power outage

According to the district, they started the day anticipating repairs would be complete, but the ongoing outage prompted SCS to send students home at 11:30.

  Historic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech donated to University of Memphis

An original copy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech made in Chicago in 1965 has been donated to the University of Memphis.

17-year-old taken into custody after posting threat for SCS high school

A teenager has been arrested after posting a threat for Manassas High School.

Advocates and parents lobby for continued investments in early childhood education

Mississippi doesn't require preschool.But the state is pouring more money into those programs. Wednesday's day at the Capitol for the advocates was also about raising awareness of the work being done with the state's little ones.

  SCS high school students team up with local non-profit SoGiv

Shelby County high school students are supporting a good cause and wearing it on their feet.

Quitman County Schools delays classes Tuesday

Quitman County Schools will be on a delayed start Tuesday morning. Officials made the announcement on Facebook.

Classes continue Monday for DeSoto County Schools

DeSoto County Schools says classes will continue as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 13.

  Mid-South high school aims to fight obesity among students with new healthy lifestyle program

Commontable Health Alliance and the Amerigroup Foundation teamed up to launch the program at Craigmont High School.

  Lead testing complete for 1 Shelby County school; 34 more to go

Officials with the Shelby County Health Department provided the Shelby County Commission with an update Wednesday on testing SCS students for lead.

  Mid-South teacher receives $25,000 award for going above and beyond

The Milken Educator Award recognizes teachers who go above and beyond.

  Train delivers Memphis in May World Cargo Crate to local school with information about the Republic of Ghana

It's not May, but for some Tuesday kicked off Memphis in May celebrations. A train delivered the Memphis in May World Cargo Crate to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. This year a train horn kicked off an important part of the Memphis in May celebrations.

  Why was a teacher with a criminal background hired by SCS?

A teacher at Oakhaven Elementary School has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. WMC Action News 5 revealed the teacher has a criminal history dating back to 1992 at Jacksonville State University.

  State Board of Education votes to uphold decision to close Memphis charter school

Last fall, SCS board members voted 5-3 to close the school, citing several problems.

  SCS teacher accused of having sexual relationship with boy has criminal past

Records WMC Action News 5 obtained from the Tennessee State Board of Education show Marvin Eugene Straughter’s criminal history dating back to 1992 at Jacksonville State University where was charged with theft.

  SCS shares its 2020 legislative priorities

In three weeks, Tennessee lawmakers will return to Nashville to start a new legislative session. Shelby County Schools will be pushing them to pass new laws that could bring about big changes.

  SCS teacher placed on administrative leave, accused of raping 14-year-old boy

A Shelby County Schools teacher is on paid administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with rape.

  Lead testing of SCS students, staff underway

Lead testing for students and teachers at Shelby County Schools is underway.

More than 500 pieces on sale from the Memphis College of Art

The Memphis College of Art plans to sell more than 500 pieces spanning more than a century.

Corinth School District dismissing students early Monday

Students are being sent home at 2:15 p.m., according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page.

  Stax Music Academy student surprised with gifts from Ellen, Justin Timberlake

After performing on national television and being awarded an opportunity of a lifetime, 16-year-old Stax Music Academy student Christopher Clark is back in Memphis and thankful for his experience.

Fayette Co. Public Schools: EJHS bus involved in crash; students safe

An East Junior High School bus was involved in a crash Friday afternoon, according to Fayette County Public Schools.

  Stax Music Academy featured on ‘Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways'

Students from Stax Academy were featured on the finale of Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.

Humboldt City Schools closed for the rest of the week due to flu

Humboldt City Schools will be closed Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 due to the flu and other illnesses.

  Expanding charter schools in Shelby County

Expanding charter schools in Shelby County

Lafayette County Schools starting 2 hours late Wednesday

A district spokesperson told WMC Action News 5 Tuesday evening that Lafayette County Schools is delaying the start of school Wednesday by two hours.

  Delay in testing for SCS students potentially exposed to lead at school

Last week, the Shelby County Health Department said the testing window was set to begin Dec. 10. But Tuesday afternoon Shelby County Schools told WMC Action News 5 the testing has not started, and they’re working to review all opt-in forms and documents.

  Mid-South law enforcement calls for more investment in early childhood workforce

Leaders in law enforcement are calling for more investment in early childhood workforce.