Typo fixed. Thanks.
"Among the instances enumerated are the Election Day glitch of August 1990 "
Might want to recheck that fact.
@ CL Mullins
I don't care how much you are everyone's favorite Uncle. No more of Grandma's bloomer shots on your brownie til you pay up for the last batch.
Michael Cage and Keith Lee a basketball story. It may not be what you're looking for, but it would make a great trip down memory lane. ESPN worthy in fact.
The one HS concept is definitely the message that Bartlett officials got when they talked with other municipal school systems across the state. It is even better for local businesses that don't have to decide how to divide their sponsorship money.
So looking forward to this event!
Yes with Julius. More soft porn, mug shots and West Memphis stories.
In certain Celtic dialects, Poot means Pope. Betcha didn't know that.
And if Pepin's mum had access to prenatal care, he probably wouldn't have been so short.
Easy solution ... MORE PICTURES!
The question of enrollment starting next year is a big one. There will be a shift toward having every Germantown resident student zoned to Germantown MSD schools, but will it happen in 2014, or will grandfathering be allowed to allow students to finish out their years at their existing school?
Those are big questions, because if all the Germantown residents in the "G" schools chose to eschew grandfathering and change schools to an MSD school next year, but the non-Germantown residents in the 5 schools choose a grandfathering option, is Germantown allowed to bump non-Germantown students that wish to be grandfathered since they wouldn't have room for everyone?
This goes for the Collierville students currently at HHS as well. Those are some questions that will have to be answered, but I think in the long run, one high school for the city is ideal, even if HHS has to be expanded in the future.
It builds more community unity, and it also saves money on not forcing a duplication of services. All arts and athletics funds go to one school as opposed to being split between two schools. It's much more efficient.
@ Charlie Eppes
"So take it all in now, high illiteracy rate, younger population, and low median income points to a demographic that is not going to be reading a bunch of printed news. This with out introducing race as the problem."
I do wonder if we are getting into a "chicken or egg" thing here. Although anecdotal to myself. I remember wanting to be like my parents, wanting to read the "papers" they did. Sure they would read to me and help me make it through the comics until I could read them to them. Also children will endeavor to become proficient with that which they enjoy, for me that was sports, and the sports pages of the paper. Perhaps this is still going on but, the who gets which section first debate, I fear may be a thing of the past.
Also, an endless supply of what they like, may never lead them to explore, that which they may like.
I do think the as yet unsolvable "kids having kids" problem also is a major reason my experience may not be as common now as it was in the late 50's early 60's. Call it, what you wish, blame who or whatever anyone may want, but the decline of the numbers of intact "nuclear families" has affected our societal health and thus our country's ability to prosper.
Liberal, well meaning programs, have attempted to fill that role, and while our needed safety net has a legitimate purpose, it has become a way of life for far too many generations of "families." In my opinion "family" being the key word to the real solution.
This arrangement is going to feel weird for Germantown parents who live in the areas zoned for those schools. Do you abandon them just because the central staff and the superintendent are not part of the municipal school district?
I would hope not. That would be awkward with overcrowding at the other 5 schools. Most of the families that send their kids to each of those 3 schools hold and expect high standards. That isn't going to change just because of SCS administration. Hopefully, something can be worked out regarding eventual new school construction for the non-Germantown children (sharing costs?) so that Germantown can regain control of those schools in the future.
I'm all for stopping additional payments to the lawyers over this issue.
That's good news.
I know a lot in our community will be upset that we're letting the 3 flagship schools go, but I think it'll be better for the community in the long run.
One town with one high school will be much better for town unity. The school board won't have to duplicate efforts at the high school level. There won't be fights over this school having Program X and the other school not having Program X. We'll all be working toward one goal at one school.
Suburban-wise, each MSD will operate in that same manner, one high school with a bunch of feeder schools. That's if you count Arlington/Lakeland as a de facto single district, since they will be tied at the hip. I think that's great for each district, and you'll see more community pride about the schools in the long run.
I know GHS had problems at times with support from families, because it was drawing from areas that were so far away. With everyone in Germantown under HHS now, you'll have a lot more community support and family support since all parents will live within a 10 minute drive of the school.
Boo Charlie. You're no fun.
This is Memphis. If we can't inject race into a non-race related topic, we aren't doing it right.
The one thing I found interesting with that data is that it doesn't appear that readership among younger age groups is dropping at a faster rate. The lines from 1999 to present seem to be almost parallel between age groups. I would think the gap would be widening.
For the love of all that is good and decent in this world, please allow the tanking to commence. This team is done.
Here is my link -
"One in three adults in Memphis read at a fifth-grade level or below and those fighting to change that statistic say illiteracy is at the core of many of this city's problems."
Let's not be naive and say that a high school diploma equals being functionally literate. You and me know that is not the case.
Also, I will provide you with another link. Please look at the charts at the bottom. The ones that point out the demographics of newspaper readers.
Now compare those to the demographics of Memphis.
Memphis vs. Newspaper Demographic
Median Age: 33 / only 22% of this age group reads a newspaper (all versions)
Median Income: $35K / only 35% of that income group reads a newspaper (all versions)
Largest group in Memphis is High School Diploma only (28%). Of this group, only 38% read the newspaper.
So take it all in now, high illiteracy rate, younger population, and low median income points to a demographic that is not going to be reading a bunch of printed news. This with out introducing race as the problem.
Dangit. That sandwich at Raffe's is one of my favorite things in Memphis. But I'm weeks behind on blog reading. D'oh!
I do not subscribe to the local paper because of how limited their meaningful local coverage is. Deepen the local coverage and make it meaningful - less "my life" tripe and more hard journalism - and I might reconsider. Their paywall model is not helping. As others have said, it blunts the potential impact of social media and is one sized fits all. The Atl paper allows you to buy one day access to their paper, and only hides some content behind a hard wall. There are certain days I would buy the paper (but not enough to buy the physical paper) The WSJ can get away with a pretty rigid wall because it is the WSJ. The CA needs to lighten up, not eliminate, the paywall.
Can't wait! There should be a good market for those in Midtown, and it will also draw customers from East Memphis and Downtown.
I found the sources that say approximately 20 to 30 percent of the people that live in the metropolitan area of Memphis is functionally illiterate. So, I no, understand where you got your figures, however, that still leaves 400,000 people that are functionally literate. What is the total subscription for the CA in the Memphis metropolitan area?
My point is still valid. Until you go after that 400,000 or so, you are not going to have a successful paper.
I'd say that too, Homer. Except for the fact that the readership of both the CA and The Flyer has asked for the data I mentioned the other day to be published and cannot get that. Thus, readership goes down. Now that so much data is available on the WEB, the papers become clearly apologia and polemic as there is no pretense any longer to be had.
If the papers cannot add value by publishing the data with associated expository commentary, they will die.
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