In Memphis, Fund Students First, has drivers paying attention to billboards aimed at education funding. The billboards are in response to Mayor Jim Strickland's decision to dismiss action on investing $10 million in educating the city's youth.
The coalition has called for a direct city investment of at least $10 million to help pay for career and technical training for in-demand jobs, as well as after-school programs and social supports for potential dropouts. The group wants at least half of the money to be funneled through public schools and the rest through community programs.
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