Memphis Stand for Children is leading a campaign called Put Education First as an effort to demand a plan for the consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County Schools; a plan that will challenge the status quo of education in Shelby County and ensure that the needs of all students remain at the forefront of the political process.
Stand for Children’s goals for the Put Education First campaign are:
- To serve as a vehicle through which parents, teachers, and community residents’ concerns about consolidation will be heard and addressed throughout the schools’ merger planning and transition process;
- To educate the community around the work of the Transition Planning Commission and the Shelby County School Board;
- To assist and pressure the school board to adopt a comprehensive plan to raise college and career readiness and student achievement;
- To elect school board members in August 2012 who support and advocate for this plan, and who will ensure its implementation.