There is no codified meaning of acceptable religion listed in the constitution. Maybe that is why the framers resisted adding religion as a part of that document.
Religion is a personal belief. Taken into this context, there no definition of religion or which religion is contradictory. So, a religious greeting should be accepted as it is given, the meaning that the personal religion recognizes. Go you with God, Thank God, May allah be with you; all of these phrases have a positive meaning, so they are all, neutral and expresses the same sentiment. They are all, facially neutral.
Chg, you claim to know so much about the constitution, but you only have a rudimentary and shallow understanding of it. You erroneously tend to put too much emphasis on the writings, musings and conversations of a few of the founding fathers. I guess, in an historical context, it is important to read the letters of the founding fathers, the various debates and arguments about the constitution, but, these things pale in what was actually approved and put into the documents. In the end, the only things that matters is what was approved by the majority of delegates which actually went into the document (the Constitution of the United States of America). It is that which we debate today, not the extraneous musing of a few, not even the majority of the framers of the U. S. Constitution.
I would not hesitate to debate you on the constitution itself, but, it would be useless to debate you on what Thomas Jefferson said, because it was only his view and not necessarily the final view of the entire constitutional delegation.
About that gasoline enema, it seems that you have already had a few from some of the other posters on this forum.
Whether intra or inter district transfers are used, whether to accept any students under these laws is left up to the receiving Lea. So, semantics doesn't matter, if a Lea doesn't want to accept transfers, it doesn't have to.
As for two or more Lea's sharing the same director of schools, I think that they can't. Just because the law doesn't specifically spell out that you can't does not mean that you can. Being a legal mind, Drift, you know this. How, ethically speaking, can a servant serve tow masters. What happens when comment is asked for in pending legislation, school contracts etc, that serve both districts and one district is for and one against. How can the director for both districts argue the case? Any argument made would be contradict the other. When competing for grants, awards, additional funding, which district does the director advocate for? Can he/she wholeheartedly for both equally?
TCA 49-2-301 explains the way and duties of the director of schools, however, that is not the only statue relevant. There is also TCA 6-36-109 that applies. Well, it appears that Germantown relies on the latter, TCA 6-36-109, to say that each school district (msd) must have its own separate director of schools. Now, I ask you, my learned friend, and Homersimpson, why would one wants to get entangled into possible legal challenges by hiring the same director of schools to operate two separate school districts (msds). To me, however unlearned I am, don't think it prudent to push the issue.
As for your gasoline enema statement, I have been right much more often than not on this entire school litigation and proposals. I can't say the same about Homersimpson nor GroveReb84, et. al.
All I know is that at-large districts have been historically used to dilute the votes of minorities, especially in the south. I don't know what was in the hearts of the whites when they adopted the all, at-large positions for school board. But, I do knw that it has been a tool to keep blacks from winning elections.
In certain circumstances, it is illegal under sec 2 of the voting rights acts. Whether it is illegal in Germantown's circumstances, I honestly don't know. But, I do know that in some muni's with a large enough minority population, it would make it impossible for a minority candidate to win election.
There are many instances where at large voting schemes for school boards have been ruled un-constitutional. Here is one of the latest and closest to this area: Georgia State Conference of the NAACP., et. al. v Fayette County Board of commissioners, et. al. That is in Georgia, of course.
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" Contradictory religions cannot all be true and sound at the same time."
But they can all be false.
The difference for most suburbs is that we don't have racially segregated neighborhoods within our city.
Now in the case of Germantown, we may should consider districts, if we end up with two high schools, since you'll need to make sure that one high school zone doesn't get over-represented, but in most of our communities there are not lines you could draw to cover mostly minority neighborhoods, so race isn't an issue with our at large seats.
If each community ends up with only one high school and it's feeder schools, there isn't really a political need for anything other than at large districts, since the entire community will be working toward one school and one feeder pattern.
A minority has to pull an application to have a chance to win a seat, so your argument with the voting districts is a tough one to make.
That said, I don't think any suburb would have a problem with drawing up districts if it was a concern for anyone. The reason we've used at large districts primarily is the ease of implementation. It makes it easier on the Election Commission and makes for less confusion on voting day. Our communities aren't quite large enough to need districts, but it could be done if necessary, and it wouldn't be the end of the world.
Personally I like having at large districts, knowing they aren't discriminatory, because I know I can send an email to all 5 reps, and they will all take my opinion into account.
Neither the Tennessee Constition nor the U.S. Constitution allows the State nor the Federal Government into the jurisdiction of private homes. To use our tax dollars is a form of legal plunder or theft.
When Mr Walton (who embraces Editor Bruces' article regarding the acceptance of all religious greetings) and Mr Brasfield also say the same thing. What they are really saying is that their worldview accepts contradictions and show how irrational they are. Contradictory religions cannot all be true and sound at the same time.
My only point was that you cited the House Bill as law. It never became law as written. The Senate Bill on the same subject was later passed and it became law, to wit PC 411. The House Bill and the Senate Bill were not the same. PC 411 was codified as TCA 49-2-128. That is now the law on open enrollment. If you are going to practice law on these boards then you should really try to be more precise in your language. It only confuses those of us that practice law in the real world. As far as reading "OTP's" post...well I had rather have a gasoline enema. You might also check out TCA 49-6-3104. It refers to this process between LEA's as a transfer as opposed to open enrollment. Not sure what the significance of that is. I'm not going to take the time to do any more research on this.
You touched a raw nerve with Homersimpson and a few others with your question.
There were no minorities elected for the BOE from any muni. All districts were and are at large positions. Of course having all seats as at large ones assures that any minority vote is sufficiently diluted that there is zero chance of a minority candidate being elected. You understand this is the way the majority of those that live in the muni's think that democracy in a republic is supposed t work.
They did it the white , oh, I meant the right way!
Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Little lazy are you
There are countless articles and every muni has a web page.
Do your own reasearch.
Can't vote AA if they don't pull application and run.
I can even tell you the percentage of contested seats. Seeing that we had not one but two elections, I'm more than confident that the public knew exactly who was running and what they believed in. I have 2 school board members within walking distance of my home
Nope not school within a school. The move will be optional only. WSHS is about to get a very prestigious title and it will give them every reason to make it a magnet - no zoned kids - all kids that are competitively selected. Just like JP Freeman.
The national merit results for this year were quite a shock. There were almost as many kids in 6 county schools as WSHS. WSHS middle kids are not choosing WSHS as much as they have in the past. They cannot afford to not have WSHS be the flagship for public education in TN.
There are changes coming
Also look at OTPs post. He thinks open enrollment means going to any school you want. That is not open enrollment
Bartlett won't have space available. Even sending unincorporated kids to SCS Bartlett takes back more kids from Arlington, Bolton. And Barrett's Chapel then they loose. There are about 7500 kids in Bartlett schools right now. Schools are on average at 102% capacity. They need room for about 8500. They don't have to take them if there is no space.
It's law drift. The took out the 2 weeks and approval from loosing LEA.
Open enrollment refers to allowing kids from outside the district on space available basis. Watch Arlington. They will take kids based on this law. Also read settlements. SCS made no claim in any settlement saying unincorporated kids cannot attend MSDs
I think she looked just fine before.
Don't waste time and effort going down that road.
How many muni school board members are non-white? Which muni's held at large elections for school board members? I need the answers for a document I'm working on.
I'm comfortable with the school within a school concept for White Station, Central, Whitehaven, Woodale, East, Douglass, Overton, and IB @ Ridgeway. Farirview (6-8), and J. P. Freeman (1-8) as Stand alone all optionals. It's cost efficient, and allows for students and their families to choose the best options for themselves, while allowing for competition as schools customize their niches. Turning White Station into a charter would be an invitation to abuse.
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