Memphis kindergarten students will be first affected by second-grade retention policy

By , Special to The Daily Memphian Updated: November 06, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: November 06, 2019 4:00 AM CT
Laura Faith Kebede
Special to The Daily Memphian

Laura Faith Kebede

Laura Faith Kebede is a distinguished journalist in residence at the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis. She leads the Institute’s Civil Wrongs project to write about historical cases of racial terror as a corps member for Report for America. You can follow her on Twitter @kebedefaith

The retention policy takes effect during the 2021-22 school year. This year’s kindergarten students will be the first class of second graders impacted by the new policy, which could hold back students with lagging literacy skills.


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