District-Merger Proposal for Memphis Hits a Road Bump
Shelby County Schools Oppose City System's Bid For Consolidation
The fate of the Memphis, Tenn., school district remains up in the air after a move last month by the city’s school board to merge the 105,000-student system with the neighboring Shelby County schools.
The Memphis school board voted 5-4 on Dec. 20 to surrender its charter to the 45,000-student Shelby County district, pending approval from city voters. With the school board’s action, the county election commission was required to schedule a vote within 60 days to allow city voters to decide whether the school system should continue to exist on its own or be ceded to the county district.
But the latest twist in the quickly changing saga is that the vote may be delayed, and that political maneuvering in the Tennessee legislature may render...
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