Memphis has a problem with underperforming schools. Twenty-two of its schools bear the dubious distinction of being "corrective action" schools for having performed below state student achievement standards for the third straight year. Some members of the city's school board want all the staff to have to re-apply for their jobs. Meanwhile local teachers are incensed at the proposal, claiming that a 98 percent poverty rate among the children has more to do with the problem than inadequate teaching.
If Memphis wants to implement a plan that has shown proven results in getting the best teachers, they should look no further than Chattanooga.