Madison Co. joins public-private partnership, but votes against tax increase to fund a new Pope

Adam Friedman’s article in The Jackson Sun stated that the Madison County Commission voted on three important items:

The Madison County Commission will join the public-private partnership to build a renovated Jackson Central-Merry but voted against a tax increase that would fund a new Pope Elementary School.

The commission made three significant votes on Tuesday:

  • A vote on the public-private partnership, which passed 18-2

  • A vote on a $100 wheel, which failed to reach a two-thirds majority

  • A vote on a commitment to build a new Pope Elementary, which passed 18-2

Mr. Friedman’s article tended to direct itself along the lines of the contested wheel tax, which was a poor decision on the county commission to bring it up in the first place. Our guess is that Mr. Friedman had already covered a great deal of ground on this issue.

It is our opinion that the County Commission would have been better off increasing the property taxes and be done with it. All of us know that the commission would have never have repelled the wheel tax any more than the city would have repelled the sales tax of 1992 that was meant to aid the transfer of city schools to the county. And as we all have seemed to already forgotten was stolen by Mayor Jerry Gist and the city council to aid in their own financial woes.

I am a little prouder of the Jackson City Council for not getting lynched, as of yet, into the private public partnership program pushed by Healthy Community and the JMCSS administration. We are not as yet sure if this venture is in the best interest of education.

So why are we hesitant….

We Believe that Change starts with a great teacher NOT a great building. 

A growing body of evidence suggests the learning crisis is, at its core, a teaching crisis. For students to learn, they need good teachers—but many education systems pay little attention to what teachers know, what they do in the classroom, and in some cases whether they even show up.

Great teachers are dedicated to the profession of teaching…. great teachers work with what they are given…. meaning what they are given, do not make teachers great.

The greatest teachers inspire. We ask this one question? Do you remember your classroom or do you remember your teacher?

 

 

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