Memphis district superintendent says, ‘No one will force me to open schools’

By: | January 8, 2021

Superintendent Joris Ray defended his decision to keep Memphis school buildings closed, even though the Tennessee governor is “disappointed” families still don’t have the option to return their children to classrooms.

“No one will force me to open schools,” as long as local district leaders can decide for themselves, Ray told reporters while visiting an Elementary School.

The Shelby County Schools leader said some parts of online instruction are likely to continue even after the pandemic subsides, but noted that securing vaccines for teachers will be key to returning to normalcy.

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