Friday, May 4, 2007

What about Bob?

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2007 at 10:14 AM

He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. You hardly have time to take your first sip of morning coffee before Bob Clement is popping up again with yet another idea in his "30 Ideas in 30 Days" campaign. Idea No. 3? Clement says he wants to create a Metro crime lab.

"Right now we share a crime lab with the entire state," the mayoral hopeful says. "It can take weeks or months to get evidence processed. We need our own lab here in Nashville."

Give Clement credit. Today's proposal also comes complete with some inkling of how he might pay for it. Clement says he'd go after a federal grant and keep the $100 fees that the TBI charges to process drunken-driving cases. Plus, Nashville could charge fees to conduct tests for police from elsewhere.

Update on yesterday's Idea No. 2: Marsha Warden, chair of the Metro school board, says Clement's idea is great. Just one problem ֠"we're already doing that," she says.

Clement said he wants to expand the magnet school program by creating small learning communities within neighborhood schools. That would let the city end the magnet school lottery, according to Clement.

Warden points out the city won a $5 million federal grant just last year to create special academies within eight high schools. As for ending the lottery, what's the point? Students who don't make it into magnet schools can still transfer into other programs at other schools that are just as academically rigorous, Warden says.

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