Former Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton said last night that his 2005 proposal for multiple school districts is a good starting point for structuring a new countywide school system.

On a side note, it was good to see him rested and persuasive on the issue of school consolidation.  While we didn’t agree with everything in his earlier plan – notably creation of a school chancellor, a position we think is unnecessary if the superintendents of the districts are to lead and innovate at a more scalable level.  Unfortunately, because he was politically radioactive at the time, his plan never got the full airing it deserved.

As he said at the time, this isn’t meant to suggest that anything is in concrete concerning districts, but rather, that it shows how multiple districts could be set up.   Like most people, we see things that we would like to change in this prop0sal, but it’s certainly a conversation starter.

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