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Re: “Germantown Pitches to Retain All Its Schools, but the School Board Says No

I've lived in Memphis for about 3 years now, and have pretty much chosen to stay out of the local politics here, for good reason...It appears Memphis is about 5 to 6 years behind Atlanta which I moved here from. The Atlanta metro area had the same issues, not necessarily with the schools particularly, but with unincorporated areas of Fulton and DeKalb counties. The same discussion I see here took place there. Both sides had merit to their arguments as they do here. The end result after title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 were filed, state lawsuits, and federal lawsuits...All of the cities were allowed to incorporate and run their own school systems if they chose to do so without any DOJ oversight. The court rulings were based simply on this, geography. Any race that chooses to move into the city limits of any of these cities could do so by their choosing as long as they can find residence. The same here. If you want to go to Germantown schools, or Collierville schools, or Lakeland Schools, or Arlington schools, its simple. Just move there. The fact that these cities chose to incorporate in Atlanta is the same as the school systems here. It's not race biased, it control biased. The tax payers are tired of people not looking out for their best interests or interests of their children. They want to have control. The SCS is too big to play to any interest of a specific area, and from what I see the old MCS has the largest control over the way SCS is ran. Which is insane since MCS was bankrupt, mismanaged and corrupt...Just like Fulton County, and DeKalb county governments were. Because they didn't listen to their constituency, they paid by having their governments severely handicapped. Same here in Memphis. The SCS seems to by bowing to the demands of the same people that ruined MCS, and in time SCS will follow the same path, bankrupt and mismanaged. So, the cities as far as I can see aren't basing their decision on race at all, it's just about control of their tax dollars, which I support. I actually live just outside Germantown city limits, and my son attends GES. So, I am affected by what's going on, but I support Germantown in what they are trying to do, because if I were a Germantown resident, obviously I would want to have control over my tax dollars as well.

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Posted by jclarkcp on 11/03/2013 at 4:47 PM


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