So in your reasoning, nonbelievers better start believing or else you will take away a vacation day. Goooooo Jesus!
Hypothetically, even if citizens had a vote about annexation, if the citizens voted contrary to what the heads of government wanted, the mayor and city council would change the law to pull the citizen's vote - just like how the city council is now discussing changing the city charter in the wake of a successful citizen-led recall. There is nothing wrong with the city charter except that the recall provision WORKED! So now the powers-at-be want to make citizen-led action more difficult by raising the number of signatures.
And who decided not to connect vw with CARTA service? If folks don't like traffic they can use their hovercraft. In the meantime, just a couple million worth of road repairs and paving will go much farther in our long-neglected neighborhood roads.
It was Favors that called Rhonda a racist. You all fail!
What?.....Can't tell the difference between the 28th District Rep Tommie Brown from the 29th District Rep JoAnn Favors? Seems folks don't have a problem distinguishing between Chucky and DeJ-Buble.
Who's the doofus? You just quoted Sara Palin! How's that legitimacy thing working out for ya?
The Cleveland scandal broke in late November and boy was it scandalous; pill snorting, statutory rape, lies & cover-ups. Then on December 7th an envelope with powder caused the evacuation of the Bradley County Courthouse. Does anybody else see the connection between these events?
Classic move for kids in trouble: pull the fire alarm and then hide. While everybody is evacuated outside you tamper with the grade book or steal the piece of evidence out of your permanent record. There was an episode of Dexter with exactly that same story line. Ten bucks says the envelope of powder was from one of the accused Cleveland perps.
I would like to know why Graves speaks as if Canada doesn't have a say in the pipeline. It's their oil. Maybe they're not going to let the US or Canada come in and have any of it.
This is a perfect example of how pro-business conservatives are willing to hold working class folks hostage over an oil pipeline - a pipeline that will only benefit corporations that already make billions. Also, the building of the pipeline only offers temporary jobs. Once it's built, people will be laid off.
Don't underestimate Magnet moms & dads. People will always surprise you. Limited interest basically boils down to doing what is best for MY kids. Is that a crime? No. But in my opinion, it is limited interest. It highlights how far we have come from caring for our fellow humans. It highlights the undercurrents of all the 'isims. MY child deserves this, MY family has this situation, MY family comes first. That is not a crime but when quality public education is a limited commodity that attitude brings out the elbows and somebody will climb to the top of the dog-pile and others will be in the dog-pile.
This is so far removed from the value of LOVE FOR CHILDREN. When parents are competing for what they believe to be theirs, they are denying to others the same resource. The only solution is to make ALL schools great for ALL children, regardless of parents. Adults are flawed, children are innocent. What is being done to treat ALL children fairly? You can't hold the sins of the parents over the heads of the children.
There are hundreds of millions of dollars, billions even, out there for education. We all pay taxes. There is not a lack of resources for school, just a lack of priorities. Addressing where our priorities are is essential to addressing the educational divide that exists in this country and in Hamilton County. Are our priorities with the children, or are some involved parents and board members begrudging the under-involved parents for the sake of securing what they believe to be entitled to?
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"What we all kind of walked away saying is that what we really have with our high schools is a little bit of a PR problem." From The Corporation the first step to gentrification is to declare the community school as failing. Then bring in police. Back in the 90's white folks in N Chatt wouldn't send their kids to Normal or Chatt Middle. They were declared "failing" - that allowed for the "transformation" - namely changing the zone from including E Chatt, Westside and Hill City (the po folks) to just including N Chatt east of N Market St over to Riverview and the Golf and Country club. The apts at the awkward Dallas/Fariview intersection are excluded from the zone still to this day.
Furthermore, it seems NPMM has a PR problem. On the same date as this article, the TFP printed a letter to the editor. The author tries to dispel NPMM's reputation for hand picking students. PR is the first step toward future changes. If NPMM wants a high school, they'll have to clean up their reputation of being discriminatory. However I would like to point out the TN Report Card also showed NPMM has declining % of minorities and economically disadvantaged children. Probably because the zone gentrified right after the po' neighborhoods were kicked out of the zone.
Personally, I believe magnet schools and charter schools are detrimental to the public school system. So let's say a Downtown/N chatt magnet-fed high school or charter school is built, where does that leave the non-magnet downtown residents? Oh yeah, if they can't attend NPMM they get pushed out to Red Bank HS and Howard HS - true public schools where all children are welcome regardless of their parent's ability to volunteer. The parents concerned about high school options need to be working for the betterment of the whole county-wide school system rather than just the magnet schools that serve their limited interest.
Here is an idea: magnet schools require parent hours and many parent hours, especially at NPMM, go toward fundraising activities. So basically magnet schools have access to free labor for income-generating activities. Public schools can't require parental hours. Any time public (non-magnet) school employees or PTA spend on fund raisers comes either on the tax-payers dime or on their personal time. So let's say any money raised by schools that require parental work hours should be shared with the county system 50/50. 50% stays with the magnet school of origin and the other 50% goes into the school system's budget or to a partnered non-magnet public school. That way the magnet school's ability to fundraise using required parent hours would benefit the whole school system and all children.
Your children are unique special flowers - just like every other child in this world. Magnets and charters and STEM schools are faddish money funnels that are privatizing our public school systems.