Thursday, August 26 2010 5:38 PM EDT2010-08-26 21:38:00 GMT
After a two year legal tug of war, the city of Memphis will have to give back $57 million in education funding cut from the city's budget two years ago, after the Tennessee Supreme Court refused this week to hear the case on appeal.More >>
Two years ago, Memphis City Council members acted recklessly when they voted to slash $57 million in funding for Memphis City Schools. At the time, the governor of the state chided them for shirking their responsibility and for not acting like grownups. Now, two years later, it's obvious that city leaders have compounded the original error by not planning for the fact that they were going to lose the court battle over this issue.
Instead of prudently waiting for the court outcome, the city increased its spending by more than $40 million and gave employees a 5 percent raise at a time when many other people were not getting raises. Memphis city residents and their leaders have every right to question the formula that's used to provide funding for Memphis City Schools, but there's a right way to do things and a wrong way.
When the City Council acted impulsively back in 2008, they sent the school system into panic mode. Now the shoe's on the other foot. Management by crisis is no way to run an effective enterprise.
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