Education Secretary to Memphis, Shelby County: Go for the Gold
September 2, 2009 at 1:19AM
Challenging Memphis and Shelby County to compete vigorously with other localities for billions of dollars in federal funds, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met in Memphis this week with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and a variety of other political, business, and educational leaders, including 9th district Congressman Steve Cohen, Memphis schools superintendent Criner Cash, and members of the Tennessee legislature. Duncan and Alexander met on Monday with the others at two local venues — the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, where STEM education (for science, technology, engineering, and math) was the subject, and the Soulsville Charter School on McLemore, where the future of charter schools formed the core of a wide-ranging discussion of education.