Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Gov decides to "stop short"

of taking over 17 failing schools in Memphis.


Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen stopped short of taking over 17 under-performing Memphis City Schools, but his patience is running thin. It's a story the FOX 13 I-Team has been investigating for two weeks.

The governor has ordered Memphis City Schools to restructure education plans at the 17 schools.

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson said the district has already taken corrective actions like replacing some principals and assigning math and reading coaches.

"I do believe that the governor will expect greater accountability, greater oversight, greater reporting of these schools and we certainly plan to work in partnership with the accountability office," she said.