Morning Coffee – Surrender? No Surrender? Edition

This may be the end of MCS as we know it, and I'm fine with that.

In this season of giving, I’ve decided that a current events version of “The Night Before Christmas” is in order. To that end, I offer the following…

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the County,
Leaders in the east were assessing their bounty,
The Legislature won by the right wing with care,
In hopes that a Special School District would be there.

The schoolchildren enjoying their Christmas break,
Awaiting decisions that deciders will make,
And I at my computer trying hard to remember,
All the information concerning surrender.

Out in the City there had been such a clatter,
Somehow Mr. Pickler didn’t see what was the matter,
He thought SSD was a forgone conclusion,
And didn’t consider the current resolution.

Ambition became his great miscalculation,
The consequence of which is consolidation,
When what to his wondering eyes did appear,
But the MCS board, whose votes were all clear.

The resolution’s sponsor, Martavius Jones,
Brought the specter of merger which chilled Pickler’s bones.
More rapid than eagles, the vote count it came,
And they voted aloud as they called them by name.

The ayes had Hart, Webb, Gatewood and Jones,
Kenneth Whalum and Williams comprised all the noes,
There were still some votes, whose fate were in question,
Mallott, and Warren and Patrice Robinson.

The vote was all set, it was on the agenda,
But nobody knew if they would approve surrender,
So up to the boardroom the Commissioner they flew,
Voting the fate of the district, and Kriner Cash too.

Ok, that’s all I can write right now. We’ll find out how it all turns out this evening and maybe I’ll be able to finish this epic.

Now, on to the Coffee!

The Bredesen legacy parade continues on the menu today, Blame storming.

It’s been two years since the Coal Ash Spill in Kingston, TN and the EPA rules are still uncertain, as is the result of the numerous lawsuits that begin next year

Over the weekend the US Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. One former Marine from the Mid-South plans to re-enlist. Also check out this post from Grand Divisions regarding the votes of Tennessee’s Senators and the state of equality in Tennessee. Good stuff.

Spygate: Memphis Police Department Edition.

As I mentioned in the opening, the vote to surrender the charter happens tonight at 5:30. David Waters at the Commercial Appeal says we need to focus on helping our students by helping our teachers. I couldn’t agree more. Also, Smart City Memphis is looking at achievement gaps.

Over the weekend there were several blog posts and Op-Eds about the issue. Here’s a short rundown:

MCS Board Member Jeff Warren offers Let’s get MAD about our schools face-off.
Over at vibinc I talked about the trust issue, as well as some of the other issues ultimately asking the board to surrender.
Steffens also had a similar, though decidedly more pointed argument.

There are several others. As I re-find them I’ll update the post.

Regardless of your faith, Ricky Gervais has A Holiday Message for you.

And finally, Memphis says goodbye to a journalistic icon. Over the weekend WREG’s Norm Brewer lost his battle with cancer. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family.

Have a good day out there. Do something unexpectedly nice for someone if you have the chance. It’ll make you feel good.

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