MEMPHIS, Tenn. – If they haven’t already, parents now have a tight deadline to weigh in on the MSCS spending budget.
The district is urging parents to respond to the survey which asks questions about how best to spend the money. When you click on the link, prompts indicating where financial support is most needed, emotional support needs, and university service offerings can be found.
FOX13 discovered that not all parents knew about the survey, so we decided to ask the questions and they answered anonymously.
“In your child’s school, what area do you think needs more financial support? ‘Facilities; they have lead in the pipes and the power cuts,” said a parent from the MSCS.
Another parent answered the same question, also indicating the facilities. “The thing is, I always hear from my daughter and her friends that the bathrooms aren’t clean and also the water quality.”
There is also a question about socio-emotional support. According to the survey, the district offers a social-emotional support hotline, which one parent told FOX13 is the most important.
“My daughter says, ‘Mom, it’s not bullying, but it’s a little close,'” the mother said. “At my other child’s school there was a 14-year-old who committed suicide. So that’s what I think, that one for me is more important,” she said .
The district shared with FOX13 that it has received 1,400 survey responses so far.
“1,400 out of a hundred thousand, is that a good number? asked Sarah Carpenter of Memphis Lift. “You have 14,000 people who responded to the survey and you have 80,000 to 90,000 children. So someone is not communicating with the parents,” she said.
Carpenter added that she feels the MSCS district should go further to reach the most vulnerable people in the community who may not have access to the survey.
“We have a lot of grandparents who are members of our organization. You can’t tell me that an 80-year-old grandparent raising five grandchildren knows how to access the website,” she said.
The budget and priority spending survey closes Friday, February 18 at 4 p.m.
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