James Aycock

Guest Blogger

Director of Scholar Support, Grizzlies Prep

Memphis, Tennessee

James Aycock is the director of scholar support at Grizzlies Prep, an all-boys public charter middle school located in downtown Memphis. He previously served as the founding special education coordinator with Tennessee’s Achievement School District, after several years as a special educator and baseball coach for Memphis City Schools.

James served as a contributing writer for several years at Bluff City Education. His work has been featured by the Tennessee Department of Education, the State Collaborative On Reforming Education (SCORE), the Tennessee Charter School Center, Think Inclusive, Memphis School Guide, and SpecialEd Post. James is also the father of two children, a 1st grader and a third-grader, who attend a local Memphis public charter school.

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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