Shelby County Schools to create equity office and mentoring program


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – A new plan is in the works to address the needs of African-American students in the Shelby County School district.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Doctor Joris Ray says the data tells them African-American boys are struggling in school. That’s why he says SCS plans to create an equity office and a mentoring program.

The district will also work to recruit more African-American male teachers in the early grades.

“Success would look like better ACT scores, higher GPAs and not only that, how are our students performing socially in class? Lower suspension rates. Lower expulsion rates,” says Dr. Ray.

Dr. Ray says the district will unveil the full plan in the near future.

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