September 19, 2016
Strong Families And Good Education Will End Poverty
I will admit that my life has been positively impacted by my parents, my grandparents and great grandparents and beyond. I will also acknowledge that many African American families have not been so fortunate due to past slavery and poor educational opportunities.
But there is a path to good education which is the only solution to poverty. My great grandfather Saino came from Italy to Memphis a few years before the civil war. He was trained as a glazier (window maker) and metal worker. My grandfather on my mother’s side came from Germany trained as a butcher. Neither had any education beyond grammar school. They worked hard and made sure their children got more education than they had.
Now fast forward to today and our present situation. Last March 8th I brought up to date information I received from the Shelby County School system showing that they had spent $340,000 on their lawsuit against the State of Tennessee. The purpose of the suit is to turn over the setting of the amount of your tax money to the Shelby County School that they determine is needed for public education. If they win they will be in charge of your tax rate.
I recently asked for a current update of the amount of money billed to date for this lawsuit and the answer I got was as shown here. Why it takes so long is a question and whether I will in fact get a full answer is still to be determined.
The real issue is being debated on the national stage. One candidate wants to continue the present failing public school system because the teachers’ union contributes almost 100% of available political funds to their favorite candidate. The other candidate calls for school choice and putting the decision of private, charter or public school education for their children in the hands of the parents and family. This is where it should be, family first.
Ending poverty will only come with a well educated school age population. It will take time and multiple generations but we must give families the choice through a fair voucher system.