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Memphis Pre-K Teachers Spared from School Board's Chopping Block

The 300 plus teachers are thankful to still have a job, but they're now facing another obstacle. If classes aren't filled, the board may take that funding away again and they'll be back to square one.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Hundreds of teachers are spared from the Unified School District's chopping block. The board restored nearly $4 million in Pre-K classes in Memphis. The 300 plus teachers are thankful to still have a job, but they're now facing another obstacle. If classes aren't filled, the board may take that funding away again and they'll be back to square one.

These Pre-K programs are federally funded and help the neediest children across the city. The Unified School Board restored funding to a dozen Pre-K classes in city schools, including Red Robin's Academy in Midtown.

"I got on the phone and told teachers, 'Yeah you got a job! And please call your parents from last year because word of mouth always works.' We're using social media, we're going to get out and pass out flyers," said the academy's Executive Director, Robin Mayweather.

Now day care centers are racing against the clock to notify parents to enroll their children. The unified board says classes need to be 90 percent full or they may be at risk of losing funding; for Red Robin, that's enrolling at least 30 new kids by August.

"We have to work really hard because parents have to get birth certificates, social security cards, and they have to make sure the children have had shots, so it could be a little bit of a challenge," said Mayweather.

Tara Harris Davis's son went through the Pre-K program at Red Robin last year and says these programs are crucial for kids.

"He's reading really well. He's reading books and he's doing addition problems and he's doing so many things that I wasn't aware he knew to do all because of everything he learned in the Pre-K program," said Davis.

The board also restored funding to Southwest Tennessee Community College, Jessie Mahan Child Care Center, Ernestine Rivers, Kings & Queens, Ridgeway Headstart, Riverdale Kiddie, Kindercare - Ridgeway, Kindercare - Knight Arnold, LaPetite-Hickory Hill, Horn Lake Road Learning Center, Hooks Dimmick Child Care Group, Porter Leath Primary Prep, Future Leaders, Kindercare - Yale, LaPetite Coleman, and LaPetite-Riverdale.

If you would like more information about Red Robin, contact (901) 272-2736 or visit www.redrobinsacademy.com
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