Herenton Closing 2 Juvenile Court Charter Schools

Former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton is closing two charter schools for juvenile delinquents, the Commercial Appeal reports. The schools, operated by Herenton and located inside Northside High, will shut down Friday because of low enrollment. Herenton had predicted 200 students would flow into the schools from juvenile court referrals, but enrollment was less than 70. Herenton explained the low numbers as follows: “What we found, there must be strict enforcement of the court order. There were many parents and students who did not honor the court order to attend. You could not force them to.” Five other Herenton-run charter schools remain open.