Lots of fail here...
First, the PGA didn't make any rulings here. The rulings were made by the Masters tournament committee at Augusta National. The Tour had nothing to do with this. Secondly, Tiger should know the rules. Any golfer who knows the rules knows that what Tiger did was a rules infraction. Quite frankly, he should have been DQ'ed. He should know better and if he doesn't, than shame on him.
Lastly, pretty sure Stevie Williams is a Kiwi, not an Aussie.
OTP- you keep bringing up Robertson County. Do you know there is only one school district in Robertson County? There are no MSD's or SSD's. The issues there are that White House and Greenbrier have newer schools and more equipment/bells and whistles than schools in Springfield. Again, they are all under the same umbrella. The same complaint could be made in Memphis where White Station gets all of the goodies while everyone else goes without.
The problem with your comparison is that it is not valid. Under MSD's, each district could do as they please. If Collierville has better stuff than Bartlett or Millington, it is what it is.
OTP- I noticed you never addressed the racial makeup of the Memphis high schools that I listed above. Since you are the legal expert, how will the racial diversity of those schools listed be negatively impacted by the formation of MSD's? Also, since all but two of those schools are diverse, what is your plan to make those schools racially diverse?
You clearly dodged the first time around. Answer the questions.
OTP- Please tell me how MSD's will impact the racial makeup of these Memphis High Schools. Again, straight from the 2012 TDOE Report Card:
(%- percentage of black students)
Booker T Washington- 99.6%
Kingsbury- 43.9% black, 34.8% Hispanic
Raleigh Egypt- 91.3%
White Station- 48.6% black, 37.3% white
There are 2 schools on the list of high schools that could be considered racially diverse. So, tell us how you make all of these schools diverse or how MSD's are keeping these from being diverse. We'll be waiting...
The only way for OTP to achieve the diversity he is hoping for is to bus suburb kids into the inner-city or force white parents who live in Memphis to send their kids to MCS (can't be done). According to the 2012 TDOE Report Card, MCS is 82.7% black. There are more Hispanic kids (8.6%) than white kids (7.3%). Nothing changes with these schools if there are MSD's under the current proposal. Keep in mind that the city of Memphis is only around 65% black. The suburbs have absolutely nothing to do with the racial makeup of the MCS. Memphis parents who don't send their kids to MCS do. Aren't they the ones you should be calling racists?
The County Commission and the Memphis contingent have won this battle but have certainly lost the war. Every student from the suburbs that is home schooled, sent to private schools or sent to a charter school (if formed) deprives the county of Tennessee ADA money. At least with the municipal systems, there would still be money coming in because of the high participation rate in the schools. If they don't have the enrollment, it's bad news for the USD. With their budget deficits already high, they need every person enrolled in the schools they can get. Unless Mays rules 970 constitutional or there is legislative relief, there is about to be a run on the private schools and charters are going to pop up as fast as they can.
Now, the easy thing to do will be to raise property taxes. That will, of course, run more people off who are able to leave and result in lower revenues.
The county now has a school system that is the worst in the state. Going to be hard to recruit businesses to come in when there are no good educational options for employees other than private schools. This will, in turn, lead to the further degradation of the area.
This mentality here in Memphis of getting a pound of flesh from people for past wrongs is going to make this area turn into Detroit.
OTP, the electorate in the urban areas/population centers voted for Obama's policies. Voters in rural areas voted for Romney's/GOP vision. Neither of these are insignificant. Yes, the majority of the US voted for Obama. The majority of the House districts went GOP. The House district system was designed to give all areas representation.
Your complete dismissal of this point is off base. The House holds the checkbook. If you and your Democrat buddies think you can steamroll anything you want, you are mistaken. If you want tax increases, you are going to cough up entitlement cuts. It's just the way it is.
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