Sunday, August 17, 2008

The New School Year's Begun: Where Are the Students?

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 4:00 AM

City and county public schools opened this week, and students aren't the only ones who could use an orientation.

Kriner Cash, his staff, and members of the Memphis City Council and school board should climb on a yellow bus and check out three new high schools their predecessors left them — and taxpayers — at a cost of nearly $100 million.

Each of the schools — Southwind High School, Douglass High School, and Manassas High School — comes with the latest furnishings and technology and some important unfinished business. Taken together, they offer a lesson in school choice, city-county politics, urban renewal, flight from the inner city, and the underpinnings of the current conflict between the Memphis school board and the City Council.

Read the rest of John Branston's City Beat column.

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