Friends and Neighbors,
It is unfortunate that the Memphis City School board has not only surrendered their charter but also their voice on the debate of reforming the city’s education system.
In the coming weeks, there will be much debate on how to reform a broken and failing Memphis City School system. Although the politicos have surrendered and given up, the citizens have not. We are asking voters throughout Shelby County to help in providing input on this future reform movement.
Since receivership falls upon the Shelby County School system, we will demand that reform be instituted immediately and without delay. Our community must create our own education "Marshall Plan" and commit to making this the Manhattan Project of Memphis. Our children have been left behind for far too long. Reform need not be painful, but it is necessary for the welfare of the children! MCS must be transformed from a failed system (that many believe long ago "devolved" into a city jobs program with bloated payrolls and patronage) to a cadre of professional and effective educators empowered to make a difference.
Excuses can no longer be accepted nor tolerated. There should be no "sacred cows", everything should be open to reform. We have been given an opportunity. Now we must lead.
There is much work to be done. The following must be executed during the critical transition period:
1. Reduce the influence collective bargaining has on our system. SCS has a teachers organization in place and it should remain as the single recognized agent for all teachers.
2. Eliminate the current optional program system.
3. Close all schools that are no longer viable to operate.
4. Outsource / privatize services wherever possible to eliminate waste.
5. Eliminate duplicate administrative staff positions and reduce overhead costs. We do not need two administrations!
6. Serious consideration should be given to approving new charter schools, and funding homeschool cooperatives.
7. Decentralize decision making, transfer power to principals, and empower great teachers.
8. Institute mandatory after school tutoring, adding another period to every teacher’s schedule.
9. Remove all current MCS department heads, review and assign the most qualified teachers based on TVAAS scores.
10. Assign SCS transition managers to all schools and empower them to make personnel decisions.
11. Immediately institute longer school days and school year to close the gap between our students and their peers both on a National and Statewide basis.
12. Set an immediate goal of lifting the former MCS children's ACT scores to a level of parity with the former SCS children. Graduating students who require remedial education to gain admission to one of Tennessee's public four year colleges or universities should no longer be acceptable.
We need your input, now!
Failure is not an option.
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