Former Memphis Mayor's Charter Schools Open Soon

Former Memphis Mayor's Charter Schools Open Soon

More than one thousand students will be attending the brand new Du Bois Charter Schools this year. Former Memphis Mayor and Memphis City Schools Superintendent, Willie Herenton is the founder of the new schools set to open next month.
MEMPHIS, TN-- More than one thousand students will be attending the brand new Du Bois Charter Schools this year. Former Memphis Mayor and former Memphis City Schools Superintendent, Willie Herenton is the founder of the new schools set to open next month. He says there are many things that make his schools much different than the Unified School District.

“Our mission really is to prepare these young people for a global society. You've got to know your reading, you've got to know your mathematics," said Dr. Herenton.

Reading and testing have been big issues for Bluff City kids for years. Willie Herenton says he has a way to improve all of that.

“Small group instructions, more targeted objectives and mastery and we’ll be doing a lot of coaching," he said.

Class sizes are also extremely important when it comes to a good education. So much so, Herenton is making sure there will be fewer than 25 students per classroom.

“Teachers can give more immediate attention to the kids on an individual bases when they have fewer students," Herenton stated.

Bottom line, Herenton is excited about his charter schools’ first school year.

“We looked at teachers that were leaving the Memphis School system and they were scoring in the top level of their teacher assessment, some of them will be working with us. We have a cadre of very knowledgeable, very skillful people that will be joining our staff.”

Charter schools are like public schools. They receive state funding and they are free to attend. First day of school for the Du Bois Charter schools will be August 15th.
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