Exactly where Memphis’ mayoral candidates stand on education troubles

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The mayor of Memphis doesn’t have a great deal of say in how Memphis-Shelby County Colleges operates. But candidates operating for the place in the Oct. 5 election do have a whole lot to say about how the town and the district can cooperate to strengthen results for the city’s college students.

Some are contacting for the metropolis to consider on a direct job in funding the district. Others want to see the town increase its contribution to early childhood education and learning applications as a way to established students up for results. 

Seventeen candidates are vying for the put up, and early voting commences Friday.

Chalkbeat despatched a questionnaire to all 17 candidates inquiring them, amid other factors, no matter if they’d support new funding to MSCS, and irrespective of whether they would make any variations to common preschool programming. We also questioned how they prepared to relieve numerous of the obstacles students face outside the house of university.

Fourteen of them responded (Carnita Atwater, Jennings Bernard, and Justina Ragland did not), and we’re sharing their responses in this voter guidebook. Other than formatting changes to strengthen readability, these responses have not been edited by Chalkbeat.

Click on on a candidate’s name to browse their responses to each individual problem. To assess prospect responses to a particular dilemma, click on that concern. 

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Laura Testino covers Memphis-Shelby County Faculties for Chalkbeat Tennessee. Arrive at Laura at [email protected].

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