Let’s invest in the future with quality pre-K education

By , Guest Columnist Published: June 23, 2019 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley is a Shelby County Commission member and chairman of the commission’s education committee. He also serves as the Tennessee director of Leadership for Educational Equity and is a former teacher and school leader. 

Currently, just over 50% of children are ready when they enter kindergarten and only about a quarter of third-graders in Shelby County Schools are reading on grade level. That means half of Shelby County students are already behind before they even get started.


Michael Whaley Pre-K Shelby County Commission Shelby County Schools


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