The University of Memphis has received a major rebuff from Gov. Phil Bredesen's higher education bill that he has recently presented to the General Assembly.
While much of the bill refers to K-12 state efforts to qualify for $485 million in "Race to the Top" grants, the omission of Memphis' schools from the lion's share of research grants was not taken well by University of Memphis fundraisers. "I'm disappointed in the fact that not only the University of Memphis, but the whole Memphis area - it doesn't seem that we're getting the economic growth and emphasis that the University of Tennessee is getting," said Charles Burkett, chairman of the UofM Board of Visitors.
At issue is Bredesen's desire to increase the University of Tennessee ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Lab by asking lawmakers for $6 million while the University of Memphis and UTHSC got scant attention.
In President, Shirley Raines outlining of issues she mentioned the current battle in state government over funding. The issue should heat up in the next couple of weeks.