Grove, I completely agree. I'm now zoned for the best schools in Germantown instead of the 3 worst. It does seem like people think that they are going to be forced to attend GES, GMS and GHS. Couldn't be further from the truth.
OTP- where are all of these newly insured going to receive care? My pediatrician's group, which is one of the largest in the Mid-South no longer accepts TennCare/Medicaid (same thing). There are many doctors who are not accepting any more Medicare patients, as posted on their windows in their offices.
Doctors are not obligated to accept all comers. If you talk to any doctor, they will tell you that the ACA is not going to deliver on its promises.
OTP says... "They also pledge not to discriminate and that they would continue to run diverse programs that they receive federal funding. This is where the shift of proof comes in at. Any action, regardless of how facially neutral it is that causes a disparate impact on a protected minority can be grounds for stopping federal funding. Even though the action is innocent, it is the results that the entity will be judge on. Also, unlike court, past history of discrimination is relevant and can and will be used in assessing the charges. This is not a court case, but, an administrative complaint brought by an individual and/or civic group"
So, in Germantown's case, they begged for the schools (on record in the courts) and were denied by the Shelby County School Board. Thus, they are limited to the 5 schools and the students they have in their city limits. At that point, as long as no minorities that are zoned for Germantown schools are denied, there is no case. Also, a minority would have to prove standing. Unless they are in Germantown, they have no standing. Also, where is the past history of discrimination by the Germantown Municipal Schools, that doesn't officially exist?
The civil rights aspect of this is the least of the worries.
@Progressive, the only people that have abandoned the schools in Shelby County are the white families that live in Memphis. There are schools that are in white areas of the city that are nearly 100% black. That is not possible unless the white families that live in those areas don't send their kids to public school.
It is every parent's right to decide if they want to send their kid to public or private school. In areas like South Bluffs, Mud Island, Chickasaw Gardens, Midtown, parents have decided either to transfer to White Station or to pull out of the system altogether. Nothing in the suburbs is going to change that.
How are schools that are nearly 100% black in Memphis now going to be negatively impacted by municipal schools? The only people that are going to be impacted are those that are zoned for a municipal school outside of the city boundaries. The cities have offered to keep those boundaries the same. How is someone who is a student at Kirby High, which is 87.4% black negatively impacted by the MSD's? That's what is going to have to be proven, which is a high hurdle for anyone filing a lawsuit.
In 2012, the cities of Satsuma and Chickasaw seceded from the Mobile County School District in Alabama to join Saraland (2008) as the other city in that formed their own school districts. Here is an article from the Mobile Register regarding this matter:
Chickasaw is 89% white, Satsuma is 94% white and Saraland is 89% white. These areas broke off from Prichard, 85% black and Mobile, 51% black. The enrollment in the Mobile County School District is now 50.4% black and 43.3% white. The stats from the Alabama DOE:
I had no idea there were so many city school systems in Alabama until I started researching it. Some will say, it's Alabama and not Tennessee. While that is true, Alabama had a far worse history of segregation and court orders, etc. The fact that these city school systems are forming there without legal issues leads me to believe that the outcome will be the same here. This will end up in Federal court, if it's pursued. The courts cannot allow city school systems to be formed with similar racial situations in a bordering state and prohibit them here. That will not stand. Memphis is not some special racial city. If they are doing this in Birmingham and Mobile, it's going to stand up here. If not, then the municipalities have a case that they are not being afforded equal treatment under the law and then it will really get expensive for a county that is struggling with money and just raised property taxes to pay the bills.
Let's just get down to the business of educating our kids and quit the fighting.
I would point to what happened in and around Birmingham/Jefferson County, Alabama as a good sign of what is going to happen here.
Birmingham and Jefferson County, while not the same size, have similar racial demographics as Shelby County, TN (42% vs. 48%, respectively). Mountain Brook opened its city schools 50 years ago, Vestavia Hills opened their's in 1970 and Trussville just split off from the Jefferson County School District in 2005. Gardendale, in northern Jefferson County is in the preliminary stages of forming their own schools.
The Vestavia case was adjudicated at the time and were permitted to form their own system.
If they are doing this in Alabama, it's going to be permitted here. Book it.
I'm not lying about anything. I sure didn't lie about gas prices. You can look at those yourself and see. You cannot deal with facts and are not worthy of engaging in a thoughtful debate.
Just on the news last night, they are debating the closure of a fire station and the brownouts that may ensue with other stations due to funding. That tells me that the fire department is clearly over-extended. If the area of the city was smaller, coverage would not be an issue. All of these areas that Memphis annexed must be serviced. It is 29 miles from City Hall in downtown Memphis out to the city limits on US 64 at the Fayette County line. Memphis has to, by law, provide adequate police, fire, ambulance, sewer, water and roads for 324 square miles! Detroit, by comparison, is 142 square miles in size.
As for sacred cows...the fire department gets 13 paid holidays. Councilman Conrad wants to go to 11, but knows there will be howling from the Unions. Seems like a sacred cow to me? My employer, who is a Fortune 500 company, gives me a grand total of 6 paid holidays and 2 "floating holidays". Why can't the city be more in-line with private companies? These are the kind of parallels that Memphis has with Detroit. If they don't get fixed, the outcome is set.
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