Homersimpson - "have nots" in Collierville? Sorry, no. You cannot with a straight face tell me the two schools' demographics are anywhere near comparable.
From 2011 TDOE report card:
WSHS - 38% economically disadvantaged, avg ACT (across ALL students): 23.1
CHS - 12% economically disadvantaged, avg ACT: 23.7
The extra 0.6 (barely a blip statistically) on the ACT for CHS is not the result of superior instruction for the "have nots". It's because CHS doesn't have any "have nots". This is the crux of the superiority complex in the county schools in general. Their supporters are happy to take credit for the great scores and credit it all to the superior administration and faculty while completely ignoring the HUGE demographic advantage SCS.
Good news cdel, if my geography's correct, this one was outside of Memphis!
M Awesomeberg: Let's say I take you at your word that the airport authority is beholden to Fred Smith over all others. Exactly how does that relate to the problem of high passenger air fares? Does FedEx not want southwest to enter memphis? If so please explain how in the world this makes sense. Why on earth would fedex, probably one of the biggest users of commercial air service (if not the biggest) in the memphis metro area, not want the airport to have lots and lots of flight options, and low fares to boot? How on earth would that be contrary to fedex's interests?
Wow. one example. Guess you proved your point Zebra.
Seriously, please go right now and take a look at the difference in test scores between Houston High School and Southwind - both of them county schools (you can find it at the TDOE site, they list school by school scores). Apparently SCS hasn't figured out your secret either, so apparently the problem isn't specific to MCS. But that is an inconventient fact for your argument, so feel free to ignore it.
Before we all decry the end of the world it makes sense to assess where this leaves us. Basically, we are back where we started right? With a couple of possibilities:
- merger passes, 3 years go by, and no special school district happens in the county (maybe because people's attitudes change over time, they can't get the votes, etc). Net effect: 3 year delay but consolidation happens. (not likely, but a decent outcome from MCS perspective)
- Merger passes, 3 years go by, and SCS becomes a special school district or perhaps several muni school districts in the suburbs. Doesn't this mean that it is now the county (outside the city) who must tax their citizens extra for their special schools, and there is no longer a "supplement" in our Memphis city tax bill? For those of us in the city who are ambivalent about the consolidation of schools but don't like being double taxed, this is not too bad of an outcome either, right? And again it just puts MCS back where we started, no worse. Right?
Mustang: Just to go through your list of the poorer schools in SCS, these are the TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement scores, taken from the TN Dept of Education website:
Seems like when SCS faces demographics even approaching those of MCS it doesn't do any better than MCS. (BTW, bit of a stretch to include Dexter in that list)
You also indicate that city residents "choose" their schools because they could simply move to the county. How about this: let's start rebuilding all of the housing projects that concentrate poverty into one place, and dump them right in the middle of Germantown (I am thinking maybe somewhere near Houston High School). Then those people could "choose" to live in the SCS. I am sure the superior educators at Houston/Collierville would keep their stellar performance going, right? Oops, maybe not.
Seems like some of the math in this article doesn't work out. Author says 5,000 cutoff notices are sent daily - can this be true? That means 1.2 million are sent per year (using 250 days in a year). How many customers does MLGW have?
Also - if the LED lights are saving the city 15-20% off their normal bill, how does that work out to 8,600 on a 45,000 bill? 20% off 45,000 would still be 36,000 right? What am I missing?
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