Archive for January, 2012
There are a number of differences between the Memphis City Schools (MCS) and the Shelby County Schools (SCS). Merging the two systems is going to be difficult. Health care costs for active and retired employees is one major cost item that I have been exploring. Talk about getting into the weeds, in (more…)
Recently the CA published an article on the poor performance of the Shelby County pension fund. It seems that over the first 11 months of the calendar year 2011, the fund lost 8.4% of its value during that period.
That got my interest and I decided to compare this mammoth fund to my very (more…)
Betty Mallott On Education Reform
Betty Mallott is a member of the new combined Shelby County Board of Education and a past member of the Memphis City School Board of Education. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in educational matters. She responded to my posting on education reform. The response is excellent and I (more…)
With all the media coverage and meetings going on I think we need to step back and look at some of the facts that are obvious but not discussed.
- The Memphis City Schools (MCS) spends 82% of our tax money on salaries and benefits (61.6% on salaries and 20.4% on benefits). It is difficult to tell for the Shelby County Schools (SCS) because their budget is organized in a different way but I assume the proportion is similar.
- The next biggest items for the MCS is Charter schools (5%), maintenance (4%) and supplies and materials (2.8%) for a total of 11.8%.
- This leaves 6% for the balance which consists of professional services, contracted services, travel, furniture and equipment and other objects.
It seems obvious to me that we need to concentrate on salaries and benefits in (more…)
I read in the CA this morning about money spent to lobby the Tennessee legislature about wanted changes in the open records law. I will not take a back seat to anyone on experience in local open records work. I will flatly say that all meetings, conversations, negotiations etc. need to be open and public, no exceptions. Look at the Electrolux deal to see what happens when they are not (more…)
The following proposal I believe goes to the heart of a solution to the problem of career politicians. Why should a politician serve more than 8 to 12 years in his lifetime. They should be part time and then have to go back into the private sector and earn a living.
Politicians should have to participate in social security like the working world and not have access to a separate defined benefit pension system.
Politicians should have to take the same health care system as the general public.
Politicians should not get a pay raise higher than the CPI increase.
I agree totally that this would be the most important change that we could effect. Let’s make it happen. Forward it on to your email list.
I have found that it is very difficult to email Washington bureaucrats because basically they don’t want to hear from you. They just want your vote and your taxes. The only way you can get their attention is to organize and demand action on the following changes to the US Constitution and federal laws. These are changes that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can all agree on. Make the politicians live by the same rules and laws that they have passed for you and make their job temporary, 8 to 12 years maximum.
I finally found some website information on the new 23 member Shelby County School Board, some 234 pages at http://www.scsk12.org/SCS/pages/brdtoc.html. Click on the December 20, 2011 meeting agenda.
The agenda of the December 20, 2011 meeting is 234 pages long. I have not read it all but here is one interesting item I found on page 140. The MCS is recommending that we spend $566,000.00 for the Center for Transformative (more…)