If the governor does not veto a bill passed Monday, then the suburbs outside of Memphis will be able to restart a process to open municipal schools which they originally began in 2012. Last August, all six suburbs passed referendums to open their own municipal school districts, only to have those referendums voided by U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays. The new legislation will allow each suburb to hold another referendum on whether or not they want to open municipal schools.
This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with TN State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle and Ken Hoover, who won a seat on the now-vacated Germantown School Board, discuss Judge Hardy Mays ruling on municipal school districts.
The results of August referendums on municipal school districts and November school board elections in all six of the suburbs outside of Memphis were voided by U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays tonight.
All six of the suburbs outside of Memphis elected municipal school boards, but they are still waiting for a ruling from a judge. Federal judge Hardy Mays is weighing whether or not the state law, which opened the door for municipal schools in Shelby County, is constitutional.
The presidential contest is expected to drive voter turnout across the nation and the state. Almost 1.5 million Tennesseans cast ballots early. That’s the second-highest early voting turnout in state history, just shy of 2008 totals.