MCS waiting on Memphis for past due funding

Fox 13’s Lauren Lee reports that Memphis City Schools are still waiting to receive support the court ordered the City of Memphis to pay:

The money issue between MCS and the city of Memphis goes back for years. In June 2008, city council voted to cut its funding of Memphis City Schools. The move spawned a number of lawsuits and left the school district scrambling to figure out how to fill a multi-million dollar budget gap. The city decided to cut its 18 cent property tax that was used to fund the schools.

In 2010, courts ruled that the city of Memphis must help fund MCS and ordered the city to pay $57.4 million that was owed from the 2008 school year.

In 2011, the city of Memphis still owes that $57 million and has enforced the 18 cent property tax increase. And the city still owes an additional $9 million for the 2010 school year.

It’s a shame that Memphis attempted to solve a budget crunch by withholding school funding, and worse that financial considerations led Memphis leadership to surrender their school charter without a real transition plan for the students.

The needs of students should come first in any education plan. If Memphis has such little regard for students in their own schools, what makes anyone think they’ll give proper consideration to the needs of suburban students?

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2 Responses to MCS waiting on Memphis for past due funding

  1. Ron Williams says:

    Its important to remember that the $57 million dollar debt was self-imposed by City of Memphis voters in the form of new taxes. They chose to form a special school district and provide their school children with a tailored education. This is in addition to funding provided through county taxes. It would appear that the city won’t even honor agreements it made with itself. What will it be like if they get control of the entire county school budget as they will in a “unified” school board?

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