I'm OK with hiring highly qualified board members. The state defines highly qualified in very specific terms. I think that only two members of the current board meet that definition to be highly qualified.
For myself - I'm highly qualified in several areas.
But its ok to hold me and 60% of the teachers who do not have tests responsible for the outcomes of children that never step foot in our classrooms.
They are at the top. They too should be held responsible. They set policy. Not me. They determine funding. Not me. They make the critical decision that determine how my job is performed. They should be just as responsible as I am.
Btw, look no further than the disparity in the scores of the students bussed into the muni's from the unincorporated areas of the county. If the BOE is supposed to operate on merit, why were those board members retained when the gap between these two sets of kids attending the same schools, same classes, same teachers are so far apart?
I rest my case.
It is funny, but, I can go into different neighborhoods in Memphis or in any large city and I can tell where the best schools, well, the higher performing schools are. It is easy to figure out why. It is the socio-economic status of each neighborhood. In upper income neighborhoods with parents that are high achievers and highly educated, you will have high scores. As you go down to less highly educated , economically deprived communities, the scores are lower. Even if you take the lower socio economically deprived students and put them in the other schools, their scores are still low nd remain so, compared to the higher socio economically high achievers.
Up to this point in time, there is nothing a BOE can do about that.
We pay commissioners a certain amount, but, that has nothing to do with the individual or their accomplishments, for the pay is set before they are even elected. It is the position that commands the pay, not the individual.
So, stop being petty; you and I both know that 4,200 dollars per year salary is not enough for board members over-seeing such a large and important entity as a large urban school district.
I tend to agree with you regarding Salvation Army. Their beliefs are their beliefs. But I understand they clothe and feed everybody regardless sexuality or religion and whatnot. If they do refuse food and shelter to LGBT I'd like to hear of the specific incidences.
Don't allow the gay rights establishment to do your thinking for you. Just because some activists think people should be hungry and insufficiently clothed because a Christian charity doesn't recognize gay rights, that doesn't mean you are obliged to comply with a boycott at the risk of losing your gay identity.
Think "Chick-Fil-A" and ask yourself whether stirring the pot is really serving the purpose of gay rights.
The BOE is elected to oversee the operations of the schools. They do not teach in the schools, however, they do have the ultimate responsibility to do whatever it takes for the schools to be a success.
When talking about the scores of a school district, one just cannot say that it is the boards fault if the district, overall, has low scores. I don't care how well equipped and staffed school district are, the ultimate responsibility for student scores are the students and the parents themselves. The level of the instruction and the qualifications of the teachers can be the best available, but, that does not guarantee that students will avail themselves of it and have high scores. The board, any board can only do so much. They can put the right facilities, the right, qualified staff, but, they can't make the students learn. I would think that anyone in education would know this.
In order to get highly qualified, motivated people on the board, the pay has to be right. Since these are elected positions, the qualifications, other than the minimum set by the state, it is up to the voters to decide whom they wish to represent them. I am not talking about individuals, but the position itself. The position deserves to be adequately compensated.
"As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community."
Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2011/11/why_you_shouldnt_donate_to_the_salvation_army_bell.php#0JkduI6dPbIWi2c2.99
Police review commission, really? It is a good idea only if it has power. A commission without power is just a sham.
Remember, first of all, this is your police force. It is not some separate entity removed from the control of the citizens it serves. They would like for you to think differently, but, really, you have the power to shape the police force the way you want them to be. You do it at the ballot box. You elect the Mayor, councilmen; the Mayor appoints the police director. Tell the Mayor and councilmen what you want and if you don't get it, you simply withhold your vote. If this is made clear, you will get action.
We need a good police force. That is without question, however, the police serve the citizens and the citizens need to be treated with courtesy and respect, all of the citizens, regardless of zip code.
There is no law against a citizen videoing police activity, from a respectful distance so as to not interfere with their actions. Any policeman that arrests a citizen for exercising this right should be immediately dismissed.
We want the criminals arrested, the quicker, the better, however, we don't want a police force to automatically assume, because of race, sip code, to treat people differently. Any person within the city of Memphis is first a citizen and unless there is justified suspicion or evidence of a crime, they should be treated like innocent citizens.
There should also be a revision of the training manual so as not to get officers injured and/or killed by putting them at a disadvantage when serving warrants, stopping vehicles and, most of all going into houses, etc to serve search warrants. We want our officers to be as safe as the job allows.
Crimes can be solved without the use of brutality or the subjugation of citizens rights. A good example was the 30 drug indictments and arrests. No one civil rights were violated, none were brutalized. This is the way a well trained, civic minded police force should operate. The police don't need to make up stuff to pull a car over, in Memphis, millions can be made by stooping vehicles that are actually breaking the law. Memphis has more bad and speeding drivers than anywhere I have ever been.
I support the police, I just want to be proud of this police force!
merit pay just like the rest of us
When they can demonstrate their contribution to the overall improvement of the academic achievement of all children in the district, I will be happy to support a pay raise for all their hard work. Unitl then, as long as the district scores are Ds and Fs, then their pay should at the very least be frozen.
Well, I believe that you get what you pay for. When you have a board tasked with over-seeing a billion dollar program, not to mention the importance of educating our children, these board members need to make a decent salary.
These are different times and circumstances, the job is too big and too importance to see it as a voluntary, part time position.
Let's raise the pay so that more qualified people will want to serve.
@someguy: That's what she said. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
I agree with you on the desire to win a championship. It takes a lot of good fortune.
Even OKC hasn't won a championship yet, even though they have the second best player in the league and a second Top 10 player.
It takes having a veteran team, great players, and some good fortune with injuries. It's also always going to be more difficult in a market like Memphis that doesn't naturally draw free agents.
To the question on the Clippers series...if you remember correctly, he made some lineup choices that were really, really suspect. Two examples off the top of my head: Tony Allen on the bench for the majority of the run in the ridiculous collapse in game 1. Best defensive stopper seems to be a good choice when a huge lead is dwindling. Also, trotting out Gilbert Arenas and Hamed Haddadi to start the 4th quarter of a GAME SEVEN at home seems a little odd...of all times to rest the guys...4th quarter of game seven at home in a close game doesn't seem like the best timing.
Saying Joerger is better honestly has more to do with my opinion of Hollins than anything Joerger has done - which is probably unfair. Joerger hasn't done anything to make me feel strongly either way. But I feel like Hollins was VASTLY overrated by this fan base...he won when the roster got better. Very simple. It wasn't Hollins who won us games, it was the players. When we had losing seasons, we generally had rosters that weren't good enough. What about the 2010-11 season? Remember how that started? We didn't get above .500 until February...was Hollins a god of coaching then?
It's really confusing to me the praise Hollins has gotten. Has he done a good job? Yes. WCF? Awesome. But don't kid yourself, Lionel Hollins was never and is not the answer. He was an adequate coach and he had success in his last couple of years with the Grizzlies. I like Lionel generally, just don't buy the over-the-top love he gets for riding an awesome roster (and yes, two all-star bigs, the best perimeter defender in the league, a top-ten(ish) point guard, and a couple of quality rotation guys is an awesome roster).
The bottom line is - the Grizzlies have been playing without their most important player (the stats and everyone's eyeballs can see that). Our defense and offense are way better with him. So when you're most important player goes down...you lose. The panic I've seen from "fans" is pathetic. It's people finding what they were hoping to find going into the season. People who loved Hollins wanted to feel right. So Joerger, management, players, etc. get no breaks, no mercy, no benefit of the doubt. Everyone chill! The Grizzlies will be fine.
Why couldn't the sign Chris Johnson who can knock down 3s?
I knew they were about to sign someone from the Vipers as Hollinger was recently at some of their games. They got the wrong Johnson!
Where you're eating? Heck, I can't even tell what you're eating.
Good stuff, Kevin.
You know, I keep thinkin'...not re-signing Lionel Hollins was the right thing to do at the wrong time. But make no mistake, that bullet wound in Mr. Hollins' foot was self-inflicted.
Go Grizz. Go Tigers. Go Redbirds. Go Riverkings.
Go Memphis and happy holidays to all.
grizzfan..."Trading half the bench, trading Rudy, and letting go of Hollins cut cost but didn't make the team better."
Trading Rudy Gay absolutely, in every measurable way, made the team better. Fact.
Great article, Kevin!
It's funny how OTP implies that the neighborhoods around Lamar and Airways or S. Third and Belz are full of people so violent and unruly that the police can't even manage a parking lot in the area, yet OTP insist that everyone else is the racist.
Funny as hell.
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