Memphis can learn from Florida’s 3rd-grade retention law

By , Special to The Daily Memphian Updated: November 06, 2019 4:18 PM CT | Published: November 06, 2019 3:51 PM 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

Third-grade retention has now come to Memphis through a Shelby County Schools policy that will take effect during the 2021-22 school year.


Antonio Burt Shelby County Schools


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