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
    • AFSCME Local 1733 Board Agrees: No Endorsements in the 9th

      Agreement comes after Thursday night meeting at union headquarters; signs like the one shown here will disappear, and legal action may be directed at unauthorized billboard on Covington Pike.
    • AFSCME Endorsement Question Remains Open

      Congressional candidates Cohen and Wilkins make rival claims of support by government workers’ local; vote of Local 1733 still scheduled for Thursday.
ADVERTISEMENT

Most Commented On

ADVERTISEMENT

Flyer Flashback

Looking Back at a Time When We Cared About Your Dreams

Read Story

© 1996-2014

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