Municipal Schools

Mid-South News
4:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

County Commission Divided Over Municipal Schools, Nonetheless Sues

Yard signs urging suburban residents to create their own, separate municipal school districts, rather than send their children to a merged Memphis & Shelby County schools, poke from well-manicured lawns just outside the Memphis city limits. One sign reads simply, “Yes! Bartlett Schools.” Referendums are scheduled for August 2 in all six Shelby County suburbs.

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Mid-South News
4:00 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

County Commissioner Mike Ritz Comes Up With His Own Cost Estimates For Municipal Schools

Commissioner Mike Ritz provided his own analysis of the costs to fund municipal schools in Shelby County.
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz

Each of the six suburbs outside of Memphis is considering opening its own municipal school district, rather than join the merged Memphis and Shelby County School District in 2013. And they each hired consulting firm Southern Educational Strategies LLC to estimate how much that would cost. Now, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz is questioning those estimates.

Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries says Ritz’s estimates are much higher than the consultant’s report.

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Mid-South News
3:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Amendment To Bullying Bill Is A Win For Proponents Of Municipal School Districts

A bill passed by the state legislature Monday is a win for proponents of municipal school districts here in Shelby County--a provision of the bill  allows the suburbs outside of Memphis to hold referendums on whether or not they want to create their own, separate school districts this year. The rest of the bill is about school bullying.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with it,” said Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries.

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Behind the Headlines
6:32 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Municipal School Districts, Operations "Safe Community," and More

This week, the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable discusses the progress of a bill that could life the ban on new municipal school districts.

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Mid-South News
4:52 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Consultants’ Report Says Municipal Schools Possible In Shelby County

William McCaig has three kids in Shelby County Schools in Bartlett and he doesn’t want to see those schools merged with the Memphis City Schools. He wants—

“Local control,” McCaig said. And he’s willing to pay more taxes for it.

“Yes, property taxes or sales taxes,” McCaig said.

Vickie Keith doesn’t have any kids in Bartlett schools, but she’d also be willing to pay more taxes for a Bartlett school district.

“Absolutely. No problem,” Keith said.

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