Will Memphiss 30-year optional-school experiment run off the rails? PLUS: Luttrell letter
August 18, 2005 at 4:00AM
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?Too many students, too much of the limelight, and now too much controversy at White Station High School are raising questions about the Memphis City Schools vaunted optional schools program, which is 30 years old this year.Thanks to population growth in East Memphis, high rankings in high school surveys by Newsweek and USA Today, Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, and the well-established optional program that attracts top students from all over the city, enrollment has exploded to over 2,300 at White Station. The school, which has not had a major capital improvement in over 30 years, was built for about 1,500 students.Overcrowding isnt the only problem.Everything is not perfect at White Station, said Wanda Halbert, president of the Memphis Board of Education and parent of a WSHS student.Several parents and former students came to a meeting with Halbert and Superintendent Carol Johnson at the school last week.