It may look like that larwilb60 but let's not forget the three hook lines in this article that reveals the real reason, I'm sure the author would appreciate if it we remembered these three in a discussion: a culture of feeling welcomed into any school by parents; recognition that not everyone has accessible transportation; mentoring leads by example and by serving others through volunteerism.
Has K. Riddle or anyone in downtown or North Chattanooga considered that if a new CSLA K-12 school is built that CSAS will lose half of its high school population and a feeder school?
The three comments left here have missed the point of this editorial. Yes, we are not pleased with the retroactive pensions, and school board members who immediately pocketed the money, and administrators not telling the board money was already paid.
All of these points are not relevant to the central point of this editorial.
No, I'm not PEF (whatever that is) but I have followed the news about the schools since the merger fight and have clipped out articles to refer back to. I have followed the trail since 1995.
The people and groups who opposed the merger have gathered enough influence over the school board and the county commission. That is the central point of this editorial.
It is the opinion of this editorial that these merger opponents harbor racial conflict. I don't know if that is true. But many sociologist have stated that the term "urban schools" is used many times as an euphemism for "black schools." Zoning disagreements often center around not having certain neighborhoods attend a certain school. With the merger, the divided line between the city schools and county schools disappeared.
Is it ominous? Is it racist? No one really knows. But what is not disputable is that merger opponents have gained influence over school board decisions.