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Definitely time for Dr. Cash to Be Gone from the Memphis and Shelby County School Systems! His double dealings with Jeffrey Hernandez and padding the payroll with his Miami Mafia were simply intolerable and a distraction that nobody needed. If MCS was providing a quality education system (instead of spending $600,000 on obsolete copiers, paying his Security Chief nearly double what the Memphis Police Chief gets, padding the budget with 20 brand new Police ready Dodge Chargers, etc etc etc), we may not have had to jump off the cliff of dissolution. Now, as Ray Bradbury said, it's time to "build our wings on the way down" and learn to fly Post-Haste!
Kudos (and a pair of Kevlar underwear) to Jackson Baker for dogged professional coverage of this VITAL issue and these LENGTHY meetings. Amazing ability to condense a marathon into a sprint. It does seem that there is an intrinsic inefficiency to the proceedings but politics, like human nature, is messy in process.
Re: COOL? by William Daugherty
Couldn't agree more. Time to go hit evolvefish.com and stock up on "What Schools need is a Moment of Science" bumper stickers! Amen!
Stand for Children (http://stand.org) is having several upcoming Education forums to continue to provide information to the community for both the upcoming March 8 referendum and what happens afterwards so that citizens can make informed choices in the charter surrender / school consolidation issue.
See our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/standtennessee for details on the upcoming Feb 10 Ed-Chat and the Community Education Forum Feb 17.
Great article summarizing alot of players, factors and milestones in this complex issue.
As a member of Stand for Children we need to clarify the statement that our organization is "on the surrender side" of the Memphis Schools charter issue. Our position is, and has consistently been, that we are opposed to establishement of a Special School District for Shelby County. Stand for Children is firmly behind the community being allowed to vote on this issue and to providing information so citizens can make an informed decision on this most important matter. FYI we are having a Community Information Meeting on
The Future of Public Education in Shelby County at Bridges this coming Wed Jan 19 (see our website at http://www.stand.org/tn/community ).
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