Archive for October, 2011

The Time for Reform Is Now

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Shelby County Government has reformed their pension system and tomorrow is the time for reform of the City of Memphis pension system. The elections are over, the Halloween pumpkin is coming tonight and tomorrow the need for reform is great. Consider the following.



Labor Relations AT MCS and SCS, Part 2

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

In my last post I said that the Memphis City School teachers are members of a union, the Memphis Education Association. I got a response from a reader who said (in part) the following.

MEA and SCEA are not unions.  Tennessee is a right to work state so we are a (more…)

Labor Relations At MCS and SCS

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Memphis City School teachers are members of a union, The Memphis Education Association (MEA). The Shelby County School Teachers are represented by the Shelby County Education Association (SCEA). Today I will examine only the MCS contract with the MEA.

The existing MCS contract with the MEA runs from July 1, 2009 through June (more…)

The School Budget Process

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

I have started looking at the new school budgets and trying to pick out the important points and make them more understandable. It is not an easy job. The new Memphis City School (MCS) budget (2011-2012) has been posted online and well as the Shelby County School (SCS) budget (more…)

Understanding School Consolidation

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I am still trying to get my arms around what is going on in the whole school consolidation matter. As I understand it, there is a new 23 board led by Billy Orgel. There is also a 21 member school consolidation planning commission. This planning commission, established in (more…)

The New Unified School Board

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Issues For The New Unified School Board

When I read about the new UNIFIED school school board I am reminded of a variation of an old political saying. “I am the new unified school board and I am here to help”.

I still can’t justify the political decision to go down this path but maybe (more…)

Sunrise Or Sunset In America

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Is it sunrise or sunset in America?

My brother has a condo at Perdido in Florida and my wife and I just returned from a visit. Wonderful weather, cool in the evening and warm enough in the daytime to swim. The views are beautiful and the beaches are clean. It restores my spirit to see what a wonderful country we have.

Is everything perfect in Florida and in America? Of course not. The number of condos on the beach and elsewhere are overwhelming (more…)

A Life Worth Living-Helen Byrd

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

My wife grew up down the street from Helen and Frank Byrd and their four children. For years after we married, we would get cards and notes from Helen on birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. She was a special and unique person who loved everyone and never spoke an unkind word about (more…)

Memphis Gives Away Millions

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

City of Memphis Gives Away Millions of Tax Dollars

As you vote in this city election, you should be aware of the millions of dollars that the City of Memphis is paying every year for LINE OF DUTY DISABILITY. The City of Memphis has a rate of awarding line of duty disability that is 10 times higher than Shelby County government or even the MLGW. This is (more…)