Suburban citizens provide residents with school info online

Commercial Appeal reporter Clay Bailey takes a look at citizen-led efforts in Bartlett, Germantown and Collierville to study the school consolidation issue and organize residents around a solution:

The citizen groups are the latest twist in the ongoing school consolidation controversy. The Memphis Board of Education surrendered its charter late last year — a move soundly approved by Memphis voters in March — forcing merger of the two school systems into a countywide arrangement. But with tentacles reaching through the various local governments, into the state legislature and even the federal court system, the look of future schools, representation on the resulting board and who will be in charge, remains cloudy.

Bailey quotes Better Bartlett Schools steering committee members Peter Martin and Mick Wright. See our sidebar at right for links to the various grassroots efforts mentioned in the article.

Please let us know what you think about this issue, using our online opinion survey. Our primary goal right now is to collect information to share with the citizens of Bartlett, but also to gauge where you stand now. Thanks in advance for your participation.

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