I see Memphis as better off. I mentioned before about optimizing the system. The hard decisions are now being made. Having more money does not mean effectively using the money. We will see new schools where needed. The entire county will pay for it. The MOE is gone. The span of control has increased with the addition of the unincorporated students. The unincorporated students will see better representation. The exception will be those that for whatever reason refuse to accept African American leadership. They have muni envy and will perceive anything done by SCS as negative.
I never saw benefit in having 2 BOE's on Hollywood. Now we will have several scattered across the county. It is sad that the racial divide is so great that this opportunity to merge and be successful is missed. Throw out the local control bull. The muni's will attempt to share services and in essence form legacy SCS 2.0. I intentionally try not to shop in the muni's. I had stopped shopping at the Piccadilly in Germantown but since I like the red velvet cake and realizing the most of the employees are Memphians, I changed my mind. I am buying a new car and refuse to purchase in the muni's.
The road for the muni's will be rougher than that for Memphis. This widening of the chasm between Memphis and the muni's will have many impacts. A 1/2 sales tax increase for education in Memphis and the unincorporated areas may soon have a chance at passage. All it will take is the right spin and sponsor.
There is no need for de-annexation. I was at a Christmas party recently and listened to several young professional white couples who expressed their reasons for buying a home in Memphis instead of the suburbs. Some actually grew up in Germantown. Some were from out of state. Another was in graduate school studying urban planning and offered interesting insight into Memphis's potential.
The white flight that has resulted from racist attitudes of many who now reside in the suburbs is being replaced with a positive work together to get it done attitude. Our (The City of Memphis) government is more diverse than any in the muni's. The younger non-African American generation is seeing you for what you truly are. The school situation validated it.
Lucy is the perfect example. Let's see Millington who was already financially strapped provide those services. Remember the votes for were not over whelming and fear was used to influence the vote. After all of that they still did not get the school bearing the Lucy name.
When the muni school true numbers start coming in you'll see attitudes change in the muni's. You also have to hope there are no further legal challenges. I don't see anything presented by your consultants that was right.
As far as the state and changing laws. We will fight and make everyone pay for it.
The flaw in your comments and that of others is the fact that you dislike Memphis. If this was Germantown your comments would be different. The residents have an agreement pertaining to the annexation. Infrastructure was paid for by Memphis. The areas are in the Memphis reserves. Millington annexed farm land in an attempt to obtain enough students for a school system. You have no problem with that. Business makes investment in order to obtain a return. Services currently provided by the county will be provided by Memphis. Will the county reduce taxes because they no longer provide those services? Sound familiar? How can the county afford to provide services but Memphis can't. You really don't care about Southwind. You care about Southwind as much as you do Northhaven. Why do you think Memphis has not done any analysis? You should worry about correcting the flaws in the analysis conducted by your city's school consultants.
I've seen outsourcing fail and I've seen outsourcing be successful. Building maintenance contracts are a piece of cake because of the competition. Word the contract right and the contractor is forced to meet obligations or is easily replaced. You do have to use sense to ensure pricing is not such that the contractor can not possibly provide the service specified.
An issue that I see with entities such as government, schools and churches is a failure to understand the business side of things. When money is plentiful all is well. This is why I see positive in the funding cut even though it will be temporary. This is also where I see a problem with the muni's. If the muni's were astute they would not need the consultants (who are spouting the status quo - legacy SCS). I know the consulting game.
I'm curious. Why the resentment towards your employer and the system that I believe you said you are a product of? You appear to have a genuine interest in helping your students. Focus on improving the system instead of publicly degrading it. It is great working with gifted children. I tell gifted children that what they have is a gift. It is a blessing that should be shared with others. Encourage your students to tutor and assist those who are not so gifted. As negative as you are on here I know you are worse at work. Maybe you hide it well. You are very intelligent and have the position to motivate your students and your peers. If you choose not to work towards improving the whole, stop your misery.
I've got to run out to your muni and assist some relatives but let me start with Dr. Cash along with closings and outsourcing that were likely not to happen prior to the merger.
Thanks for the link to Ms. Duke's thesis. Lots of good information. It confirms the fact that history is repeating itself. Those who say the MSD's are for local control are laughable.
I see an efficient and optimized Memphis schools. The funding cut forces the closing of underutilized/old school buildings and the trimming of fat. There will be future funding increases. The MSD's will need it and will be pushing for it at the state and local levels. I also see 1 or 2 of the MSD's rejoining the family within 5 years. I also see benefits for the unincorporated students due to better representation that will also benefit the Memphis schools.
Speaking of fat, what's up with a superintendent over 1 elementary school? Oh yeah, the country is watching education in Memphis but it's not for the reasons some on here think.
@ OldTimePlayer: Thanks and I agree that we have to look out for those in the muni's who are at a disadvantage. Many don't realize the situation they are in.
I don't have the time at the moment to respond in the detail that would like to but I will throw in these comments.
When you are the have it's easy to overlook the concerns of the have-not's. Here's an example. I know it's hard for some to believe but everyone does not have or can afford internet service. I promote using technology for educational purposes but I see where some can be at a disadvantage.
I believe in community support of extracurricular activities but I also know of the problems which can occur. I've had friends complain of the school and club soccer teams in Bartlett. Often one parent is a heavy contributor or fund raiser. They expect a certain amount of playing time for their child irrelevant of the kid's skill or game situation.
When administrators are tasked with trying to be the best msd or meet some other statistic, they will look at every thing impacting the scores. There are many approaches. You can improve the students or look for ways to get rid of them. You can also blame the students in question as mentioned before and use them as an excuse.
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