Memphis school bucked odds

At a time when urban school districts seem to only make news for their epic failure, Memphis’ Booker T. Washington High School has people talking about its success. The school, where President Obama recently delivered the commencement address, is 100 percent African-American, with 98 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. But in the past several years its graduation rate has risen from 55 to 82 percent, its rate of college-bound seniors has gone from 4 to 70 percent, and its math scores are 20 percent higher than the state average. One interesting reform linked to such success: separate freshmen academies for boys and girls.