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    Education forum happening Wednesday

    Andy Meeks - Memphis Daily News Blog -

    A coalition of groups is hosting an interactive forum this week to discuss challenges the Shelby County unified school district may face as it completes its merger next year.

    The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, the National Chamber Foundation and the Greater Memphis Chamber are hosting the forum at the Malco Paradiso cinema for business, community and education leaders Wed., Oct. 10. The event will include a screening of “Won’t Back Down,” a movie about two mothers who work to change their children’s inner-city school, and it’s part of “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity,” a cross-country tour to discuss education reform.

    The movie will be screened at 5 p.m. A panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. including Cheryl Oldham, vice president of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Billy Orgel, chair, Shelby County Unified School Board; Athena Turner, executive director of Teach For America; Dr. Natalie Person, Rhodes College; and Yetta Lewis, chief academic officer with Gestalt Community Schools

    Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend, and RSVP is mandatory. To register, e-mail brittnie.mabry@widmeyer.com or call 646-213-7246.