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Monitoring news of negotiations, legal developments, decisions

The Committee for Better Bartlett Schools continues to monitor news and reports concerning the imminent merger of school systems in Shelby County, negotiations between state and suburban elected officials and the Shelby County Commission, developments in the unresolved legal challenges, … Continue reading

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Judge Mays rules municipal schools law void

The movement for municipal school districts was dealt another setback tonight. According to the Commercial Appeal, “U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has issued a ruling stopping Shelby County’s suburban municipalities from proceeding in their quest to begin operating municipal … Continue reading

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News and opinion roundup: School board races almost set, and the County Commission unites Memphians, suburbanites

Bill Dries: Suburban School Board Races Almost Set In Bartlett: Erin E. Berry was effectively elected to the position 2 seat when Anne Edmiston withdrew from the race at the deadline. The other four positions are contested races William Busler … Continue reading

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School transition committee hears from consolidation veterans

WREG covers a meeting of the school transition group meeting with the folks behind the consolidation of schools in Hamilton county (story here). Perhaps the committee should also hear from these UT Martin professors, who seem to have reached some … Continue reading

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Covering the Memphis and Shelby County school merger

In today’s story on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays, Jr., the Commercial Appeal’s Zack McMillin suggests that any city interested in creating a municipal school district will have a tough road ahead: Norris-Todd includes a … Continue reading

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Plans offered for new Shelby County school board

Seven competing plans were offered to U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays Jr. on Friday, proposals that would offer “a remedy” for selecting a new Shelby County School Board, whose current voting districts the judge declared unconstitutional. Submitting proposals … Continue reading

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Bartlett mayor supports separate school district

Following the school consolidation ruling by U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays yesterday, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald is now signaling his support for the creation of a Bartlett city school system. How do you think our schools should be organized in … Continue reading

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Memphis and Shelby County schools merger may be years off

In an interview with Commercial Appeal reporter Zack McMillin, Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler says consolidation between SCS and Memphis City schools could be delayed “many years,” if it happens at all. McMillin also quotes consolidation supporters who … Continue reading

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A closer look at Judge Mays and the consolidation lawsuit

Two items of note appear in today’s Commercial Appeal: Jane Roberts’ profile of Samuel Hardwicke “Hardy” Mays, the U.S. District Court judge who will decide the school consolidation lawsuit, and Zack McMillin’s review of the major questions at stake. Additional … Continue reading

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Memphis calls school consolidation opposition racist

As the Commercial Appeal’s Zack McMillin reports, attorneys representing Memphis are calling any opposition to the city’s school consolidation plan “racially motivated.” The city’s lawyers claim there has been a “consistent and ongoing resistance to racial balancing of the public … Continue reading

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