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 I will work to ensure that failing city schools get adequate funding. These schools have suffered from years of deferred maintenance, have a greater number of special needs students, and have special security needs. As a fellow teacher, I understand the challenges they face. At the same time, I will try to hold school administrators accountable for spending. Rather than rubber-stamping every school spending decision, we must ensure that money is spent only on true priorities.
I support single-source funding for city and county school systems.   Last year and this year, I met for over eight months as part of a Joint Task Force consisting of representatives of Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, City Council, County Commission, and local members of the state legislature.  This was the consensus plan which arose from those sessions.  It is designed to deal with the crisis triggered by the Memphis City Council’s precipitous decision to “zero out” all of its previous $90 million annual contribution to Memphis City Schools.

Under this plan, some (not necessarily all) of the City of Memphis’ contribution to the Memphis City Schools would be taken over by the county.  Funding would follow the students, ignoring distinctions between city school kids and county school kids, but more dollars would flow for special needs students.  The county would “ramp up” funding over a three-year period while the city “ramped down,” with all City savings to go toward reducing taxes in the City of  Memphis.