Friday, April 19, 2002

EARLY REACTION TO TASK-FORCE PLAN POSITIVE

EARLY REACTION TO TASK-FORCE PLAN POSITIVE

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2002 at 4:00 AM

Attending state House of Representatives Speaker Jimmy Naifeh’s annual 'Coon Supper' at Covington Country Club Thursday, Shelby County school board member Ann Edmiston and Board president David Pickler were still in a celebratory mood about a special task force’s proposal for reorganizing the relationship between city and county school systems.

The plan would allow for the creation of a special school district in Shelby County, single-source funding for both the county and city systems and the abandonment of the average-daily-attendance formula (much deplored by county commission candidates in suburban districts this year) that mandates three dollars to the city schools for every dollar spent in the county on school construction.

Under the proposal, city schools would get new funding for “at-risk” students and a lower property-tax rate (the county’s would rise)

The proposal by the task force, organized by Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton with membership from both the private and public sectors, is regarded as preparing the way for a possible general consolidation of city and county governments later on.

The plan received guarded statements of approval Thursday night from candidates for county mayor at a forum at the Jewish Community Center.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • Surprises Galore at Local GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner

      Strickland says he eschews local media; Keynoter Alberto Gonzales picks a bone or two with President Trump; and candidates turn up in droves.
    • Members of Congress React to Trump Speech

      Congressmen Cohen and Kustoff, Senators Alexander and Corker weigh in on President's adderess to joint session.
    • Haslam Clears Way for District 95 Special Election

      On Thursday, March 2, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a writ ordering a special election to replace ex-Rep. Mark Lovell in state House District 95. The primary election date is Thursday, April 27, and the general election will be held on Thursday, June 15. The Shelby County Commission may meanwhile proceed to name an interim successor.

Speaking of School Consolidation

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

Most Commented On

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation