Municipal School Districts

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The Tennessee State Legislature has voted to lift all restrictions on creating new municipal school districts throughout the state.

If Governor Haslam signs the bill, what will be the future of those schools in Shelby County?

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel takes a look at the Achievement School District and some of the progress that it has made in the past year.

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, is joined this week by panelists Chris Barbic, Superintendent of the Achievement School District, and Eleanor Boudreau of WKNO-FM.

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses TN Governor Bill Haslam's State of the State address, including the state's course against so-called "unfounded mandates," an expansion of TennCare, and school vouchers.

Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and panel discuss an update on the municipal schools. 

Tensions are mounting yet again in regard to school consolidation.  The Shelby County Commission filed suit to stop referendums on municipal schools, alleging that part of the intent is to create racially segregated schools.  All parties will appear before federal Judge Hardy Mays on Monday.

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The panel discusses the wrap-up of the Tennessee State Senate's session.

The panel discusses the progress of a few bills in the Tennessee Legislature relating to the creation of municipal school districts. 

 

State attorney general Robert Cooper, Jr. issued his opinion Tuesday afternoon—the suburbs outside of Memphis can’t plan to create their own separate, municipal school districts until after Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge in August of 2013.