Friday, July 22, 2011

Is School Out Forever in Memphis, TN?

The battle over education continues in Memphis, Tennessee, where the school board says it will indefinitely delay the start of class until the City Council hands over $55 million in city funds, according to Reuters.

103,000 students are scheduled to resume classes August 8th, but the school board is pushing to delay school until they have received fair and adequate funding.

The city school system has a budget of $1.2 billion from federal, state, local, and private sources, but the city of Memphis contributes less than 10% of the school system’s budget. Adding insult to injury is that Memphis residents also pay taxes for the wealthier, higher performing Shelby County school system outside of city limits. Read more

No comments: