Decision Day for Johnson v. Webb 

Tuesday will see the end of the 2006 election season, when either longtime incumbent Carl Johnson or challenger Sharon Webb wins the runoff election for the District 6 Memphis school board position.

In a joint appearance before attendees at Saturday's monthly Dutch Treat Luncheon, the two candidates took markedly different positions on a number of issues.

On discipline in the classroom, for example, Johnson, who finished just short of an absolute majority on November 7th,  argued for "temperate" behavior on the part of faculty, maintaining, "If you precipitate a fight, you'll get a fight....Our business is teaching."  He saw little use for "reform schools" as such.

Webb saw things totally otherwise, making the case for what she called "alternative boarding schools" because too many students in the Memphis system "don't know discipline."

And, while Johnson insisted that Memphis' was "the best school system in the country," Webb's response was, "If our system is the best in the nation, our nation is in trouble."

Beyond their differences of opinion are other issues. While Johnson has his admirers, he has had occasional clashes with colleagues over the years and is considered inflexible and pedantic by some. Webb, a Whitehaven-based minister and member of the newly elected Charter Commission, has critics who have challenged the validity of her academic credentials and question her commitment to the separation of church and state.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

    • Shelby County Democrats to Revive

      Mancini forms group to begin reorganization for defunct local party; Cohen holds town hall.
    • Commission Gets It Together

      Consensus for medical marijuana; against school vouchers and county social media policy.
    • The Abortion Divide, Again

      An HIV prevention grant to Planned Parenthood is narrowly approved as the County Commission splits along party lines.


Tiger Blue

Houston 72, Tigers 71

Politics Beat Blog

Surprises Galore at Local GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Sun Records Episode 1: A Positive Note

Exhibit M

Art Stuff To Do this Weekend

Hungry Memphis

The Beer Bracket Challenge heads to the Round of 8

News Blog

Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

The BruceV Blog

Your Weekly Danziger

Tiger Blue

#15 Cincinnati 87, Tigers 74

Fly On The Wall Blog

Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity


More by Jackson Baker

Readers also liked…

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation