Sure Giannini knew about the 1961 law before requests an opinion. If Pickler is worth his salt, he knew about the law back in the Fall before he started his hard push for SSD. You don't pick a fight of this magnitude unless you have a complete understanding of all available information.
MCS Commissioners have been out played because they made an emotional decision without a plan.
I live in the suburbs and think the decision by MCS is a very bad idea. It has nothing to do with race. Rather it's based on my belief that smaller school districts can better serve students than mammoth school districts.
The students in each section of county, whether it's East Memphis, Orange Mound, Collierville, or Millington, have distinct needs to succeed academically. Smaller school districts can identify and adjust the schools' offerings to meet those needs much quicker than a bureaucratic monster. This benefits all students.
The model is used very successfully in business. FedEx is a perfect example. FedEx is really a collection of smaller subsidiaries. Each subsidiary has it own management team that focuses on that company's business. This approach is designed to provide better service to customers and adjust to changes in customer needs. It also improves accountability and responsibility.
By Joe Boone
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