Archive for January, 2011

by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 31st, 2011 7:40pm CDT | 2 Comments

As we have pointed out previously, in 1996, then-Shelby County Commissioner Mark Norris argued that Memphians should not have the right to vote in the election of Shelby County Schools board members. In a meeting of the Board of Commissioners Education Committee on April 26, 1996, he said: “The people who live in the district […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 31st, 2011 6:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Chattanooga, 1995: City Referendum on Consolidating Schools, and No Legislative Interference

From Education Week August 2, 1995, an article about a city referendum, consolidating a larger school district into a smaller one, and no interference from Tennessee Legislature. Here’s the article from 15 years ago: The word on everyone’s lips here is fear. That’s not the usual sentiment in this river city of 155,000 souls. Farsighted […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools, Uncategorized | January 31st, 2011 12:58am CDT | 33 Comments

There hasn’t been a group of white politicians working this hard to keep a majority black constituency from voting since the days of the poll tax. Now that we think of it, we wish we hadn’t even mentioned the poll tax, such is the willingness of far right Republicans like Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 29th, 2011 5:41pm CDT | Comments Off on Lurene Cachola Kelly: New Year’s Resolution

My new year’s resolution is to be a more active participant in our community, because Memphis is a city that thrives on and requires civic involvement.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 28th, 2011 12:02am CDT | 15 Comments

We received this commentary from a Memphis City Schools teacher: Let it be said that during the current Memphis City Schools charter debate, one expert opinion has not been sought: the teachers. As a teacher in the system, I feel that I have not been properly prepared to make the biggest decision that our city […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 27th, 2011 12:28am CDT | 3 Comments

Anytime there is a choice in Memphis and Shelby County governments between secrecy and transparency, it should be a no-brainer. That’s why we hope that Memphis City Council, in a Tuesday vote, bats aside the suggestions by its myopic economic development officials – supported by the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce  – to close some […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 26th, 2011 12:23am CDT | 6 Comments

We’re not sure if we’ve ever before received an invitation that made us feel guilty. But that’s how we felt when we got an invitation from our friends at Live From Memphis. It was an invitation to attend their 10th Anniversary celebration this Friday night.  The truth is that they shouldn’t have to throw this […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 25th, 2011 1:24pm CDT | 20 Comments

We write an awful lot about the importance of a college-educated workforce, which accounts for almost 70% of a city’s economic success.  Our friend, George Lord, sent us this link to a map that shows the percentage of the population with college degrees and allows for a quick comparison to our peer cities. In particular, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 25th, 2011 12:49am CDT | 5 Comments

There is nothing more faddish than economic development. Cities centralize economic development, cities decentralize economic development, cities create five-year economic growth plans, cities renounce five-year economic growth plans, well, you get the picture. But one thing is undeniable: there is no substitute for an actively involved city mayor.  That’s why Memphis paid a high price […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 23rd, 2011 10:13am CDT | Comments Off on City Schools’ Reform Work Must be Protected

This commentary by Memphis civic leader J. R. (Pitt) Hyde is a reminder that the important school reform work under way in Memphis City Schools must be protected if it relinquishes its charter: There is a great deal of uncertainty about the future direction of public education in our community, but of one thing we can be […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 21st, 2011 10:24am CDT | Comments Off on A Bright Spot for Memphis Business Growth

In a year-end 2010 wrap-up story, the Memphis Daily News referred to the Year of Resilience in which the bright spot in the local economy was that “Memphis’ hospitals, health care companies and biotechnology sector remained strong throughout 2010.”  As we look toward 2011, there is no reason to think that this segment won’t have […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools, Uncategorized | January 20th, 2011 12:54am CDT | 7 Comments

Now we’re really confused. First, Memphis City Schools Commissioner Jeff Warren fought for a slowdown to develop a plan to decide the future of Memphis City Schools, but just hours before losing decisively in his push of a Shelby County Schools-inspired agreement last night, he pulled his own plan from his back pocket. Or, more […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2011 10:48am CDT | 12 Comments

Food, like so many other things, doesn’t just happen. It takes time, patience, and effort. You have to want to achieve the final goal — a beautiful tomato or a fantastic meal — but don’t miss out on what it takes to get there.  Spend even a little time with a farmer or chef and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2011 12:44am CDT | 15 Comments

With the beautiful new Green Line and my cool new bike from Victory Bikes, I resolve to bike much more often.  Also, anyone who talks negatively about Memphis (it’s got to stop) I will punch in the head.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2011 12:33am CDT | Comments Off on Great Mayors Speak About Smart Cities

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2011 10:40am CDT | 1 Comment

My New Year’s wish is that the schools, the parents, and the children of our community find a way to openly and freely discuss sexuality, the burdens of teen parenting, and the ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies and the spread of HIV/AIDS/STDs, and that we finally and forever recognize abstinence alone is not an answer.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2011 12:52am CDT | 1 Comment

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 17th, 2011 10:39pm CDT | Comments Off on Brad Leon: Thoughts for the New Year

I am incredibly hopeful for what the New Year will bring in Memphis.  Across the country and in our own community, we are seeing increasing evidence that children in even the most challenging circumstances can achieve at the highest level.  The road to transforming our city’s education system into one that consistently produces excellence will […]

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