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Old 07-20-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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Default Memphis city school might close?

Just heard this on the news. I Cannot believe this city.


2011-2012 school year delayed indefinitely - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

When Memphis politicians and other officials speak on the news and when I watch those school board meetings I feel like I am watching a bunch of punks who has no idea on how to run a city. So embarrassing and unprofessional.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: TN
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Someone told me Whalum was on CNN earlier today talking about it. I'm sure he is loving the attention. I think he is better than most of the school board members, though. Now he wants to run for mayor after voting for this.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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School starts too early now anyway. Wait until after Labor Day.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: East Memphis
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This is all a big political power play. The Memphis City Council has been ordered by the courts to pay the money (57 mill from 08-09 School year), but some issues are still held up in litigation (i.e. school merger issues). MCS knows this, but for whatever reason they want to posture and make it seem like they can not start school without the money the city is ordered to pay (basically less than 10% of their nearly BILLION dollar budget). I find that funny because they had school last year when the city didn't pay the money, but know it is a life or death issue (rolling my eyes). MCS is basically using the children as pawns in their fight with the city, which in my opinion is pretty low. With the low standards we have in MCS the kids should be in school as much as possible.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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Hmmm. Considering that the MCS Board voted a few months ago to dissolve itself, I'm not sure whether any of its actions--including this one--are legal. How can a dissolved body continue to make policy?
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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In some cities, their districts start a month after MCS in september. I believe it will be resolved by then anyway, so nothing loss.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: East Memphis
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Hmmm. Considering that the MCS Board voted a few months ago to dissolve itself, I'm not sure whether any of its actions--including this one--are legal. How can a dissolved body continue to make policy?

There are still legal issues that are currently being reviewed by a federal judge. One new state law calls for a 3 year waiting period before MCS is officially merged with SCS. Another opinion says that MCS and SCS must immediately merge since the city council and the citizens, by referendum, voted to merge the districts. Until a ruling is given, MCS continues to exist.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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Just heard this on the news. I Cannot believe this city.
Why not? This is Memphis! Plus, I'm sure MCS had this planned. Their way of trying to shame the city into paying so our kids can get a sub-par education.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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School starts too early now anyway. Wait until after Labor Day.
School should be year round with breaks periodically. The length of the school day should be shortened by a couple hours. Kids brains start to wander in the afternoon. They are no longer fresh.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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Once again the students bear the brunt of the political posturing between the city, the MSC Board and the MCS management. In my business I constantly preach to put the customer's interests FIRST. Too bad no one affiliated with the MCS seems to put the student's interests FIRST...
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