MY TURN: A textbook case of mismanagement

Published: Oct. 21, 2010 at 9:29 PM CDT
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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith
WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

I'm pretty sure we haven't heard the last of Justin Pearson. Justin is 15-years-old and a sophomore at Mitchell High School, a Memphis City School. Young Justin did what many highly compensated school administrators could not accomplish. He got school textbooks handed out to the students in his school.

This story is simply unbelievable. Eleven weeks into the school year, Justin had to go to a meeting of the Memphis City School board to complain that he and his classmates still had few textbooks.

According to the Commercial Appeal, on Wednesday, school district officials confirmed that most of the missing books were found in storage. The school's principal is being disciplined. It's also come to light, that some students who have textbooks are not being allowed to take them home. The failure to provide textbooks is not isolated to Mitchell High School.

So, this week, eleven weeks after the start of classes, administrators are now requiring Memphis principals to prove that their students have books. Unbelievable. Justin Pearson, don't let them drag you down. There are a lot of us out here who are cheering for you.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.