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Assuming no cost for school buildings

Leaders from the City of Bartlett and other municipalities continue to be asked why they expect to acquire the school buildings at no cost. Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, along with Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, was asked about the cost of … Continue reading

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Will the school systems be merged? Tomeka Hart says no.

This is simply amazing. We just discovered this little-known video (only 18 total views since it was uploaded in June of 2010) posted by the pro-government consolidation group Rebuild Government. The group’s website is gone, but its Youtube channel remains … Continue reading

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NYT: largest school district consolidation in American history

The New York Times reported yesterday the merger between Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools is the “largest school district consolidation in American history.” This “poses huge logistical challenges” for the transition committee and the new combined school board. … Continue reading

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School transition committee hears from consolidation veterans

WREG covers a meeting of the school transition group meeting with the folks behind the consolidation of schools in Hamilton county (story here). Perhaps the committee should also hear from these UT Martin professors, who seem to have reached some … 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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With school consolidation, where are the promised savings?

One unfortunate aspect of the school consolidation effort is that it was launched for financial reasons, without any plan for the students in mind. Consolidation supporters such as Stand for Children and Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn have attested to … Continue reading

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Memphis and Shelby County schools merger may be years off

In an interview with Commercial Appeal reporter Zack McMillin, Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler says consolidation between SCS and Memphis City schools could be delayed “many years,” if it happens at all. McMillin also quotes consolidation supporters who … Continue reading

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TCAP scores improve in Tennessee, Memphis, Shelby County

Students are scoring better on tests administered by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), but grade-level proficiency remains low. Statewide, average elementary school math scores jumped 7 percent while reading scores rose by 3.7 percent. But only 41 percent of … Continue reading

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Stand for Children attempts to generate merger excitement

News Channel 3 was on hand for a sparsely-attended rally in favor of school consolidation in Memphis yesterday: It’s been 4 months since the people of Memphis voted for the school merger and they are still waiting for the process … Continue reading

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