Up for Debate: MNPS's $3.4M question

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 1:27am

What do you think Metro Nashville Public Schools should do in the wake of the state withholding $3.4 million in funding?

135 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 10/22/12 at 3:58

I suppose the only recourse is to live and learn.

Like a student who has broken the rules, the board must accept the punishment doled out.

Perhaps if there had been some discussion between the local and state school boards, this could have been avoided. As I recall, there was not much communication, at least openly, between the governmental entities. One would think, or at least hope, these people in charge of directing our children's education would have realized the consequences of their actions.

As recalcitrant students are often told, they made their bed, and now must lie in it.

Perhap's the board members who voted to defy the state could make up the lost funds out of their own pockets.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 4:28

Ask01, before condemning the local school board, I think we should determine whether they were just "defying the state" or defending the local school system.

By: yogiman on 10/22/12 at 4:35

The only concern of both school boards should be the education of the children, not their personal self-esteem.

By: govskeptic on 10/22/12 at 4:48

The Metro School Board and the State Dept of Education are not equals
on this or most other issues, in spite of the stance the School Board
decided to take. In fact, "Spite" might be the word of the day for this.
Maybe the board should take the advice of their attorney on occasions
versus what they pick up on the streets.

By: Ask01 on 10/22/12 at 5:08

Ummm... I was trying to point out the fact schools often have zero tolerance policies, established and upheld by school boards which don't usually take into account what is 'just,' merely if a rule was violated, expecting students to accept punishment without listening to facts.

It seems to me turn about is fair play in this situation.

I honestly don't recall any conversation between the state and metro to work out the situation, and if such happened, I must wonder if the discussion was two way or just one sided, with the state dictating from on high.

I have a suspicious nature regarding authority in any form when power is exercised without concern. The result of many years in service when I could often only salute and carry on, I suppose. Now, as a civilian, I question authority every opportunity just because I can.

This is more, for me anyway, a 'nyah nyah' to authority being spanked by higher authority.

It is truly unfortunate both party's suffer from rectal/cranial inversion, resulting in loss of oxygen and coherent thought, to the detriment of Metro students.

I think both boards should be publicly flogged until they agree to work this out so no one inhurt. (Except them, of course.)

By: Rasputin72 on 10/22/12 at 5:30

Most of all of the business people that I know would immediately cut their budget to accomodate the loss of revenue. Now I have no idea how a school board serving a majority of "free stuff" people will handle this.

I am sure the "Simple Six" understands more about the loss or gain of "free stuff" than I ever will.

You can rest assured that cutting the budget to match the revenue will not be a solution that is in good favor by "these people"

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 6:59

I'm guessing the school board didn't think the state would follow through, considering the matter of contention involved diversity.

By: Loner on 10/22/12 at 7:00

The tea-baggers hijacked the TN Legislature and Governor's mansion...this is the shameful result.

The state announced the "good reasons" for the cuts, but we all know the unpublished real reasons.

The real reasons for this punitive action are the result of Metro's failed attempt to pass an ordinance that required its sub-contractors to prove that they were not discriminating against minorities; that plan was met with absolute contempt at the state level.

To make matters "worse", Metro put the kibosh to the Governpr's mean-spirited plan to use Charter Schools to get around the Civil Rights laws...these actions infuriated the Tea-baggers...so now they are taking it out on the children of Metro Nashville.

You folks need to clean house at the state level....GOP troglodytes have hijacked your state's government.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 7:04

Loner says, "GOP troglodytes have hijacked your state's government."

Don't you think that's a little unfair to troglodytes everywhere, Loner?

By: Loner on 10/22/12 at 7:09

Well, Ummm, there is good and bad in all ethnic groups...troglodytes included....the Tennessee troglodyte is an endangered subspecies...the Grand Old Party is trying to save and preserve the dying breed....most folks consider the critters to be vermin and varmints...but the GOP just loves them.

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 7:14

Troglodytes didn't bus their children across town.

By: Loner on 10/22/12 at 7:23

True dat, Slack...they ate them when hunting and gathering failed....and now the kids in Nashville are on the menu.

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 7:29

Loner, actually Davidson county is on the menu. Imo, school funds should be invested in neighborhood schools. Neighborhood schools that are funded and staffed equally.

By: budlight on 10/22/12 at 7:41

By: Loner on 10/22/12 at 8:00
The tea-baggers hijacked the TN Legislature and Governor's mansion...this is the shameful result.

Isn't there a song out there somewhere called "The Blame Game"? Oops! It's the Name Game. Oh well, the democrats are good at the blame game and the name game. They are always naming names to blame. But rarely do they ever come up with true solutions. Unless throwing more money down the toilet is a solution. Well it does get them better cars produced by a President who thinks he saved the world.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 7:53


By: Loner on 10/22/12 at 7:57

Gotta go and wash my old hound dog....I'm playing this BINGO card too:


See ya later!

By: parnell3rd on 10/22/12 at 7:58

I find it interesting how someone can highjack a public held election. Oh, that is right Al Gore was robbed of his Presidency because Tennesseans did not vote for him. So Floridians kept him from his throne.
Now since unions are involved I can see hoe elections are highjacked because the tell their people how yo vote the demoNcratic ticket.
Here is a quote from our beloved father of President John F. kennedy
"Son, don't buy anymore votes than you have too, I'll be damned if I'll pay for a landslide victory" Joeseph Kennedy.
So we see how demoNcrates cheat. Then they get upset when some one comes along and votes them out of office.

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:03

"Bring out yer dead! Bring out yer dead! "


"... At latest count, Susan has garnered a total Absentee Ballot vote of over 2,660 people over the age of 110 ..."

By: Captain Nemo on 10/22/12 at 8:03


By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:05

"parnell" says, "I find it interesting how someone can highjack a public held election."

It's a shame you didn't find education interesting, doofus.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/22/12 at 8:05

lol Loner and Ummm.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:08

Little Bennie props up the straw man of "voter fraud" to justify the Teapublican's voter suppression efforts- which are, of course, naked attempts to rig the electorate. Pretty weak, Little Bennie.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:09

Ben - Are you counting the dog that voted for Bush in Paly Beach, Fl.?

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:13

s/h/b Palm Beach

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:16

Read 'em and weep boys... that's obvious substantial voter fraud going on in a swing state. You can be all Machiavellian and go along with it or simply rationalize it away if you like but it's clear there's an organized effort going on to steal this election.

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 8:21

All excess school funds should be invested in Slacker University's 'Great Achy Breaky Heart Academy.
We teach the 3 r's'.. 3 guitar chords, and don't put up with a lot of crap.

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 8:25

Ben.. people are living longer these days.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:26

Ben must be thoroughly convinced Romney doesn't have a chance & he is already making up excuses as to why he will lose.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:28

When the North Carolina election is won by 582 votes, Little Bennie will be able to say, "See, I told you so!"

But, of course, porkers will transport themselves like pigeons first...

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:28

Poor Ummm... the Tennessee Democratic party let the state slip so that it's no longer in contention for the state electors for President; they run a kook gay-basher against Corker in the only state-wide race of note and are stuck with a guy here in Nashville for which they always have to pinch their nose to vote and who voted for an Amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage... twice. .

Oh... the glory of being a Nashville Democrat... it just warms the heart.

You guys should spend your energy tossing out Party Chairman Chip Forrester (Mr. 33% raise to $125,000 a year) rather than hoping to make up for his failings by spending all your time trying to scare people into voting against Mittens.

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:31

Actually the update in the story is 2600+ absentee ballots in now from people over 110, slack.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:31

slacker - Sounds like a great school! If attending would help me write or record an equivalent of "Achy Breaky Heart", it would be great. Then I could sing it all the way to the bank, everyday.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:33

Ben is just complaining because he knows Romney doesn't have a chance and he has to have something to complain about, anyway.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:33

Little Bennie says, "Oh... the glory of being a Nashville Democrat... it just warms the heart. "

Your Teapublicans are going to get Cooper this year aren't they? What's your candidate's name again?

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:38

Little Bennie, don't you want to find some insubstantial way to compare flip-flopping, say-anything-to-get-elected WIllard with your sainted grade-B actor Ronnie Raygun today?

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:41

Brad Staats ummm.


Nice family-man business-owner who thinks your crony-boy Coop has been partying with the Washington crowd just a little too long.

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 8:42

Ben, do you think they registered some Civil War veterans?

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:43

Ummm - You described Romney to a tee!

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:44

Wonder if my Jack Russell can vote like that poodle in FL did?

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:45

Ummm... are you really Chip Forrester?

Is 'Ummmm' some weak attempt to salvage the disaster that is the Tennessee Democratic party?

How can you sit here tossing out meaningless criticisms of Romney day after day when the party leader presided over making that vote and the vote of millions of Tennessee Democrats irrelevant?

By: slacker on 10/22/12 at 8:46

Ben, this could be serious. I'm afraid the Democrats have larger cemeteries than the Republicans.

By: BenDover on 10/22/12 at 8:48

When you consider only a fraction of the population votes, demographic make those numbers EXTREMELY suspicious, slack.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/22/12 at 8:49

lol slacker

By: Captain Nemo on 10/22/12 at 8:52

Paranoia is a requirement to be a member to be GOP. :-[

By: yogiman on 10/22/12 at 8:52

How many times did Al have the vote recounted until he finally won the popular vote, parnell3rd? Wasn't it four? So all you have to do is just keep counting and you'll finally win sooner or later.

And wasn't it Al that denied the GIs their voting privilege?

By the way, a man is going to show the movie "2016" tonight at the Ag Center. Y'all are welcome to come. Be there at 6:30. He won't even charge you for it and he'll be giving (until he runs out) pocket sized Constitutions.

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:54

slacker might be on to something about the cemeteries. LOL

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:55


By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 8:55

Little Bennie, only a true Teapublican could assert that flip-flopping and being willing to say anything to get elected are "meaningless criticisms." They are the inarguable characteristics of your nominee- he practically invented Obamacare, which he now wants to repeal, and once upon a time gave a heart-tugging account of a "family member" who died from an illegal abortion as a reason he would try to keep the procedure legal. That's only two examples, but there are plenty more- hardly "meaningless."

By: bfra on 10/22/12 at 8:59

Romney says whatever the people he is in front of, at the time, want to hear.

By: Ummm... on 10/22/12 at 9:00

Yogi, you terminal dumbass, the only recount that took place in the 2000 election was Florida, and that one was stopped by the Teapublican Supreme Court in order to install Bush in office- that worked out really well, now didn't it? Gore won the national popular vote on the first count- nobody with two brain cells to rub together disputes that- maybe that's why you do.