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VOL. 133 | NO. 19 | Thursday, January 25, 2018

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Risks by Race, ASD Changes in Frayser and Binghampton Style

By Bill Dries

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African-American children are more likely to die after surgery than white children, according to a new study by researchers at UTHSC and Le Bonheur. The researchers found that in every category that goes into determining the chance of dying, the risk for white children was overestimated and underestimated for black children. And the dynamics of the risk work differently by race. The conclusion is race-specific models on the issue work better than non race specific models.

More changes in local education. Per Chalkbeat, the state-run Achievement School District is considering changing the status of one its schools in Frayser that it ran directly at the outset of the ASD’s first school year – 2012-2013. Westside Middle School was part of the ASD strategy to run directly a group of schools in Frayser, which represented the highest concentration of failing schools in the city. And over six years, the ASD has changed its methods and leadership at the school trying to find what works there. Now the local charter group that runs MLK Prep High and Humes Middle for the ASD could take over Westside Middle. For Bobby White, the founder of Frayser Community Schools, this is a school he is familiar with. He was the principal there as the ASD came to town in 2012. He is also an alum of Frayser High School, which became MLK Prep.

Reaction from Memphis Cong. Steve Cohen Wednesday to the end of Jubilee Schools. Cohen saying he is “saddened” by the move by the Catholic Diocese to end its involvement with the nine Jubilee schools for low-income families and St. Michael School as well effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

“I am particularly saddened to learn of the closure of Memphis Catholic High School, the cherished home and alma mater to many Midtown residents and a part of Memphis history,” Cohen said in a written statement. “I am confident that Shelby County Schools and the SCS board will work to ensure that the education of Memphis children continues uninterrupted.”

The plan is for a charter organization to take the schools as a network of schools that would need the approval of the school system and the school board. If that plan involves taking the buildings the schools are now in, it could fill some gaps in areas where SCS closed schools taken over by the ASD. Those areas also present challenges to charter operators who have found it tough to make their schools work financially in areas where the student population is in a kind of free fall.

The 10 schools have 1,500 students, which if taken together – a very big if -- could be enough to work financially for the charter company. It would be the largest network of charter schools in Memphis, the city with the most charter schools in the state.

There are also indications that other charter operators will start talking to anxious parents at the Jubilee Schools who are looking to nail down a plan possibly by the end of this school year. The Jubilee Schools won’t close until the 2018-2019 school year. But many parents will want to resolve the instability by meeting it now instead of a year and a half from now.

Mendell Grinter, executive director of the nonprofit Campaign for School Equity, sent out a statement Wednesday saying his group’s priority “is to make sure that parents and families receive information on all available education options and support in finding solutions to meet their children’s needs for the following school year. … There are currently a number of operators prepared to support these students.”

The latest on who has filed for the May and August elections around this place.

Most but not all of the major contenders for Governor in Nashville this week to talk education issues and the issue that generated a lot of disagreement is the same issue that Republicans in the Legislature have split on – in-state tuition rates at our public colleges and universities for “dreamers” – college students who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

At the SCORE forum in Nashville, Republicans Beth Harwell, Bill Lee and Randy Boyd said they opposed the idea. Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh are for it.

Meanwhile, a bill to require driver’s license labeling identifying a driver as someone who is not a permanent resident is dead because of a state limit on the number of changes that can be made to a license in a year’s time.

In his “View From The Hill” column our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard on legislation in Nashville around the question of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

And an op-ed on the state laws governing and the value of the public notices that have been the foundation of The Daily News for all of its 132 years and counting. We began as an “abstract of transfers filed in the county register’s office.”

The difference between junior college and four-year college basketball in the debut Tigers season for Kareem Brewton and Mike Parks Jr. – two of the transfers that make up most of a very different University of Memphis team.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s office finds UT athletic officials took trips and other gifts from a vendor.

A look at Binghampton style with Xavier Winston, the founder of the Kencade Apparel clothing line.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 101 603 9,602
MORTGAGES 92 538 10,616
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 3 40 1,289
BUILDING PERMITS 215 1,282 20,958
BANKRUPTCIES 51 408 6,108
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 154 3,939
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 31 124 2,892
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 111 2,021