This was probably an oversight on your part. But I have to criticize one small mis-characterization in your article. You mentioned Mulroy residing in Midtown. If one is being conspiratorial, it could be assumed that this statement is used to support your contrast of the two individuals (Mulroy and Roland) and their differing political leanings.
Mulroy lives in E. Memphis, Colonial Acres for a fact (just down the street from me) and this is not necessarily a hot bed of liberal thought, per se.
This is just a nit that i like to pick and often find in the CA (not in the flyer). I think it is certainly accurate to characterize mulroy as a liberal and roland as a conservative. But it should be pointed out that not every liberal in Memphis lives in mid-town.
As for the rest of the article, fine work. We have a lot of crazy people in positions of authority in our community.
Yes, of course they are allowed to watch. As are people in AR, MS and anywhere else.
What they can't do is vote in the surrender referendum. People that live in other counties, states and countries, like people that live in the Shelby County School district geographic area, do NOT live in the Memphis City School district area and therefore have no dog in the hunt as a matter of current state law.
Were the shoe on the other foot, people in the County would be howling in protest if someone tried to tell them that 'City' folks got to vote on issues related to their school district.
The calculus is simple. If you are taxed by an entity you get to vote on representation.
The Shelby County Commission 'taxes' everyone in the county to provide eduction for all the kids in the county. So everybody in the county gets to vote on representation to that entity.
The School Boards 'administer' their respective areas and thus only people living in their respective areas get to vote on their boards or on issues relating to administration.
If people in outlying areas want to pay more for having their own school district, they can have at it. But you are crazy if you think 'city folks' are going to stand by while the county gains special district status.
And despite assurances from SCS to the contrary, 'city folks' would have to be crazy to believe that eventually SCS wouldn't seek their own taxing authority and leave us with insufficient funding and all the problems of an urban district. That's what I would do if I lived in the county.
From this city taxpayer to all my friends in the county
Have at it.
If you guys want to tax yourselves extra to retain local control. Please go right ahead.
The irony is delicious indeed.
Further it just begs the question of why the county schools didn't just float this idea to start with, so we could plan an orderly transition. Oh right, they would have had to raise taxes to buy all the school buildings and infrastructure.
All of which raises the question, didn't they say they never wanted taxing authority as part of the original special school district plan?
In reality they just wanted to get all those buildings and infrastructure for free. Then they could get their own taxing authority and dump the entire fiscal load of educating 2/3rds of the county's children on people only contolling 50% of the appraised property value.
That's what I would have wanted to do if i was them.
Norris a racist? I think not. His motives are likely the same as all the other folks in the county. People in the county don't want to fix what isn't broken (their school district, that is).
The problem is plain to see.
The city school district fails because the student body is poorer and more likely to, but of course doesn't always, come from an uneducated, broken, non-supportive or non-existant home.
The county school district succeeds because the student body is generally wealthier (not necessarily rich, mind you) and more likely to come from a generally higher educated, and less likely broken, non-supportive or non-existant homes.
I live in the city and am for school consolidation for 1 reason. It will lower my taxes. I happen to believe it is also the right thing to do because it presents an opportunity for us to reset everything and work toward more efficient government. (I may be proven wrong on the later account)
People that live in the county are against consolidation because the immense problems faced by the city school district will now be theirs to deal with and they are afraid of other ancilary impacts (changes in administration, policy and loss of their teachers).
The Shelby County school district is MUCH MORE diverse than the city. MCS is 86% african american, 8% white, and 6% other. SCS is 61% White, 25% african american, 9% asian, and 5% hispanic. (my figures may be a little out of date but they hold largely true)
So, Norris a racist? No. Classist? maybe. Reflecting the interests of his consituency? definitely.
By Chris McCoy
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