In 2015, Shelby County Schools adopted Destination 2025, a bold 10-year strategic plan to improve the quality of public education in the district and create a more knowledgeable, productive workforce that will ultimately benefit our entire community.
Since then, the district’s graduation rate has improved steadily, and 13 schools have been ranked among Tennessee’s top 5 percent for performance and progress. Even with these and other accomplishments, the unique challenges facing our students – more than 36 percent live in households with an annual income of less than $10,000 – require a greater financial investment if the district is to achieve its long-term goals.
Help our students get the resources they deserve by signing the petition.
The SCS budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 reflects a $66 million investment in the future success of our community’s children. It is an ambitious proposal to expand or establish educational programs and resources in six key areas and includes funding for a redesigned College, Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, student internships, early learning programs, summer learning academies, and much more.
The county’s largest district is requesting $12.7 million in additional funds from the Shelby County Commission for the 2018-2019 year. On a larger scope, an additional $16.3 million will have to be invested to fund the municipal districts.
We have an opportunity to let the Shelby County Commission know that funding students first is one of our community’s highest priorities. Sign the petition supporting the additional investments, contact your representatives, and add your support for a total commitment to our city’s youth.
Our work is on the right track, but far from over.