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Transition Planning Commission: The commission voted 12-6 not to lobby the General Assembly against municipal school districts. They also might outsource student bussing. ABC24 reports on the Yacoubian poll on teacher and administrator opinions. A merged school system will allow MLG&W to start charging for water now provided gratis to MCS schools.
MCS Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash: He has withdrawn his name from consideration for the superintendent’s job in Charlotte-Mecklenberg County. The report from the Charlotte Observer. ABC24 looks at local teacher opinion. More from the Commercial Appeal, WMC, ABC24 and Fox13.
Memphis Budget: More councilmembers are waffling about their position on Mayor A C Wharton’s proposed budget.
State Senator Mark Norris: More on the Norris speech to the Shelby County Legislative delegation, and his defense of the suburbs’ school districts. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker traces that modern impulse all the way back to E. H. “Boss” Crump.
Municipal School Districts: The State Senate has sent its amended version of the bill allowing municipal referenda to create MSDs and implement them back to the House, setting up a conference committee which might allow its passage.
Election Season: The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the ballot of the August 2 election.
Politics: Fighting the law to keep the Occupy protesters off public lands by attacking a perceived threat to the homeless. Governor Bill Haslam may go along with the Legislature’s desire to end the gift tax. House Democrats unveiled an “alternative budget” for the State. (Link. PDF format.) The TN Dems’ press release on their budget. The House also approved, 80-18, a bill that would allow criminal prosecution for harming a fetus if in the first eight weeks of development. The bill to drug-test welfare recipients is “assured of passage” after some tweaks. The House passed a bill that would cut a person’s unemployment benefits if they turn down a job offering at least 75% of their former salary. More from the Tennessean. A proposal to require ethics disclosures for the State’s 3000+ planning commissioners. More legislative briefs.
State House District 81: Now that Representative Jimmy Naifeh is retiring, a total of six candidates to replace him, including four Republicans.
Religious Freedom on Campus: Christian students at Vanderbilt are trying to get the attention of the university’s board to get them to rescind the “take all comers” rule at the school. The Senate is trying to craft a State law to make that happen. Fourteen religious groups at Vandy say they are “unwilling or unable to comply”. The Senate approved, 29-0, a law to allow free expression of “permissible” opinions in the classroom.
Memphis Farmers Market: It’s a full day again with a pet adoption and, for kids, Lima Bean Respect Day and a focus on greens.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Southpaw: Andria K. Brown looks at abstinence-only education, as enacted by the State, and wonders at their “modesty proposal”.
NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Tomeka Hart and Separate Schools: Regular contributor Mick Wright shows that Tomeka Hart, candidate for the Ninth Congressional District, working with Darrell Cobbins, doesn’t have the best interests of Shelby County’s surburban residents in mind when it comes to schools.
New! Internet Exclusive! Achievement School District Blog: The Communications Director of the ASD, Jeremy Jones, inaugurates an informational blog for us with updates on developments, plans and events for the six schools in Memphis they’ll direct. We’ll be updating the blog here as new entries (PDF document) get posted.
DeSoto County: Plans are underway for Saturday’s Earth Day commemoration in Hernando. The State Legislature passed a retroactive version of the Horn Lake hotel tax, which was accidentally expired last Summer. Tech schools will be added to the roster of County schools next Fall. The Board of Supervisors is considering wireless internet for some rural residents.
Dutch Treat Luncheon: The featured speaker this Saturday is Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney. More information here.
Shelby County Commission: Commissioner Henri Brooks is pushing for testing every inmate in the County Jail upon release for HIV, to prevent community spread.
Overton Park Conservancy: The Flyer has a long article on the park, and the efforts to raise and allocate the money to maintain it.
Memphis City Schools: Grahamwood Elementary School is the first in a series of Farm to School Network schools that let students grow their schools’ vegetables.
Pat Summitt: The UT women’s basketball coach addresses her decision to step aside. The Tennessean writes a history of Summitt, and the CA has another. She will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom; more. Reaction from UT fans. And a tribute video.
Tennessee: The TBI reports an overall drop in crime, for the third year, though murder increased. A University of Memphis/Sparks Bureau of Business Economic Research study claims that “hundreds of millions” of dollars will enter the Memphis economy, and thousands of jobs, with the final enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You can read the study. (PDF document)
Shelby County Corrections Center: WREG has a report claiming to uncover an enormous amount of illegal inmate behavior. An unrelated report on an inmate, Martez Wright, who was posting to Facebook from his cell!
Representative Steve Cohen: He is announcing a Federal procurement fair (DOC format) this Monday, for businesses that want to network with Federal agencies.
Pinnacle Airlines: CEO Sean Menke is resigning on June 1. He will be succeeded by John Spanjers, Pinnacle’s COO. Spanjers will get a pay increase. More on Menke’s resignation from the Daily News, the CA, WMC.
Mississippi: A new law allows for quicker weddings.
Islam in Tennessee: The lawsuit trying to block the construction of a mosque and community center in Rutherford will, at last, go to trial next week.
Nashville: With the Metro Arts Commission setting aside $75,000 for public art, a memorial to the Sixties Civil Rights movement might be coming. A driver’s license examiner, Larry Murphy, has been charged with assisting illegal immigrants in getting genuine drivers licenses.
Memphis International Airport: Monthly passenger totals are still dropping steeply with the changes behind Delta’s withdrawal of its hub.
Internet Exclusive: What Is “Stand Your Ground”? Regular contributor Craig Harper looks at Tennessee’s “Stand Your Ground” law, telling you what it is and what it covers. Clear and factual information.
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|You know it’s a beautiful day when a certain “famous local weather prognosticator” drives with his top down, from Twitpic by Joyce Peterson. © 2012. Her Facebook page is here. Used with permission.|
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