Monthly Archives: August 2011

Calculating the cost of municipal schools

If the City of Bartlett chooses to set up its own municipal school district, what will be the cost to taxpayers? Fox 13’s Lauren Lee takes a look. UPDATE: SCS Board Member David Reeves says the estimates are “preposterous” and … Continue reading

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What kind of school system is best for Bartlett?

An editorial posted to the Main Street Journal takes a look at the school consolidation debate and the decision now facing Bartlett: Each community should be allowed to control its own destiny, and each parent should be allowed to determine … Continue reading

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Commercial Appeal columnist points to race as school motive

In an editorial today, the Commercial Appeal’s Otis L. Sanford joins Fox 13 in suggesting a racial motive behind efforts to create a city school system in Bartlett: But while the secession that occurred in the 1970s was based purely … Continue reading

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The effects of school district consolidation

University of Tennessee at Martin professors Betty Cox and Becky Cox recently performed a study to examine the results of school district consolidation. The pair looked at both existing literature on the subject from the past decade and at their … Continue reading

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Covering the Memphis and Shelby County school merger

In today’s story on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays, Jr., the Commercial Appeal’s Zack McMillin suggests that any city interested in creating a municipal school district will have a tough road ahead: Norris-Todd includes a … Continue reading

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Plans offered for new Shelby County school board

Seven competing plans were offered to U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays Jr. on Friday, proposals that would offer “a remedy” for selecting a new Shelby County School Board, whose current voting districts the judge declared unconstitutional. Submitting proposals … Continue reading

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Court ruling leaves room for Bartlett to make school decisions

This week’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays recognized the Norris-Todd law as valid, leaving room for suburban cities to create their own municipal or special school districts. The Bartlett Express quotes steering committee member Mick Wright’s reaction to … Continue reading

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FOX 13 suggests racial motive behind Bartlett school effort

In a heavily biased interview by Fox 13’s Ernie Freeman, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald rejected claims that the city is seeking to create a new school system for racial reasons. In addition to making several allusions to racism during the … Continue reading

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SCS chairman throws cold water on city school district hopes

Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler is laying out the worst case scenario for municipalities hoping to create a new school district, WMC-TV reports. In addition to the cost of operations, Pickler says cities like Bartlett will face a … Continue reading

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News networks cover Bartlett schools development

With Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald yesterday signaling his support for the creation of a separate school system, the TV news networks aired the following reports:

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