School Board Members From Around The Country Gather To Listen to Student Concerns

School Board Members From Around The Country Gather To Listen to Student Concerns

Some good news out of Shelby County Schools in a year when good news has sometimes been hard to find.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Some good news out of Shelby County Schools in a year when good news has sometimes been hard to find.

School board members from around the country gathered not to hear horror stories of guns and school violence, but to hear from Shelby County students talking about issues they're concerned about. Good teachers, bullying, and the length of a school day.

It was a rare chance to hear straight talk from the people the school system was built for.

They told members of the National Association Of School Boards the trouble with longer days and school dress codes.

The group heard from students from across the school system.

13 year old Allen Hatchett of Hamilton Middle School was one of the students.

“Well when I grow up I wish to play in the NBA. If it doesn't work out, I would like to go to culinary school or to go to law school. To be a chef or a lawyer,” Hatchett said.

Parker Shackelford of Germantown High had concerns about longer school days.

“I'm not really sure about that. I don't think its going to be very popular, especially if somebody plays a sport after school or has a job or has extra curricular activities,” Shackelford said.

The visitors also heard about the nationwide problem of bullying. It's real and it happens every day the students say.

They say it is not only physical bullying, but also talking about someone that's different from others.

The students say they these events open up doors.

They get a chance to talk about issues that bother them. And for a change, the adults listen.
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