Community InformationMeeting: The Future of PublicEducation in Shelby County         January 19, 2011            Daniel Ki...
Shelby County Comparison:        Government vs. Schools     Shelby County                               Shelby County Scho...
Individual 1: The Memphian                                                Votes for Member of        PATH OF PROPERTY TAX...
Individual 2: The Non‐Memphian PATH OF PROPERTY TAXES                             Votes for Members of  Taxpayer Outside ...
Funding Sources Source                                   (103,593 students)   (47,342 students) State of Tennessee        ...
Why Change the Status Quo?:      Interests of the Two Districts Continued Local     Sustainability in  Control          ...
Strategy: SCS Conversion to               Special School DistrictCurrently: SCS is a “County” DistrictChanges if SCS Con...
Why Change the Status Quo?:      Interests of the Two Districts Continued Local     Sustainability in  Control          ...
Strategy: Surrender of                        MCS CharterMotivating Force: Funding Uncertainties  oCity Contribution  oCo...
Step One: MCS Board Votes to     Surrender Charter (Dec. 20, 2010)Next Step: Citywide Referendum
What If…..the referendum succeeds?Impact on Funding:    Single-Source Local Funding – Shelby County Gov’tImpact on Gove...
What If…..the referendum           does not succeed?Maintenance of Status Quo in funding and governanceShelby County Sch...
Current Sub‐IssuesContinued Negotiation Between the Districts  oMCS Rejection of SCS Proposed AgreementLegislation that ...
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  1. 1. Community InformationMeeting: The Future of PublicEducation in Shelby County January 19, 2011 Daniel Kiel The University of Memphis School of Law
  2. 2. Shelby County Comparison: Government vs. Schools Shelby County  Shelby County Schools Government Serves ENTIRETY of   Serves only the portion of  Shelby County (including  Shelby County outside of  Memphians and non‐ the Memphis city limits Memphians)
  3. 3. Individual 1: The Memphian Votes for Member of PATH OF PROPERTY TAXES Memphis City School Board City of Memphis Taxpayer Children Assigned to Attend Memphis CityCity of Memphis  Shelby County  Schools Government Government
  4. 4. Individual 2: The Non‐Memphian PATH OF PROPERTY TAXES Votes for Members of Taxpayer Outside Memphis Shelby County School Board Shelby County  Children Assigned to Government Attend Shelby County Schools
  5. 5. Funding Sources Source (103,593 students) (47,342 students) State of Tennessee $428M $174M (49.5%) (50.7%) Shelby County Property Taxes $255M $115M (paid by all county residents – Memphian and non‐Memphian) (29.5%) (33.5%) Shelby County Sales Taxes $89M $43M (10.3%) (12.6%) City of Memphis Property Taxes  $84M N/A (paid only by Memphians) (9.8%) Other $8M $10M (1.0%) (3.0%)
  6. 6. Why Change the Status Quo?:  Interests of the Two Districts Continued Local  Sustainability in Control Funding
  7. 7. Strategy: SCS Conversion to  Special School DistrictCurrently: SCS is a “County” DistrictChanges if SCS Converted to Special School District oFrozen Boundaries oIndependent Taxing Authority oVeto Power Over Merger with Other School SystemsTo Create a Special School District: oLift Statewide Ban oLegislative Creation of New Special School District
  8. 8. Why Change the Status Quo?:  Interests of the Two Districts Continued Local  Sustainability in Control Funding
  9. 9. Strategy: Surrender of  MCS CharterMotivating Force: Funding Uncertainties oCity Contribution oCounty Contribution if SCS becomes Special School DistrictMeaning and Effect of Charter SurrenderTo Dissolve Memphis City Schools Charter: oSchool Board Surrender of Charter oCitywide Referendum
  10. 10. Step One: MCS Board Votes to  Surrender Charter (Dec. 20, 2010)Next Step: Citywide Referendum
  11. 11. What If…..the referendum succeeds?Impact on Funding:  Single-Source Local Funding – Shelby County Gov’tImpact on Governance: Merged District  Short-Term Uncertainty  Long-Term = Reconstituted County-wide BoardImpact on Students:  Transition Period to Hammer Out Details (for example, uniforms, staffing, textbooks, etc.)  New Board to Make Long-Term Decisions on student assignment, academic programs
  12. 12. What If…..the referendum does not succeed?Maintenance of Status Quo in funding and governanceShelby County Schools free to continue pursuit of SpecialSchool District status in state legislatureMemphis City Schools free to consider other agreementsto ensure sustainable funding
  13. 13. Current Sub‐IssuesContinued Negotiation Between the Districts oMCS Rejection of SCS Proposed AgreementLegislation that Could Change Current Landscape oState Legislature oMemphis City Council
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