Lawsuits Not Filed in School Case. Not Yet.

On January 11, 2011, in Tennessee Business, by Mark Norris
January 11, 2011


  • Group Citizens for Better Education has delayed filing lawsuit
  • Decided to see if State Elections Coordinator would allow a vote to be set for Memphis citizens on issue
  • If nothing done in “a few days” lawsuit will be filed

(Memphis 1/11/2011) The walls in the old Shelby County Courthouse don’t talk.

If they did, they’d regale you with stories about attorney Allan Wade.

They’d tell you about the day that Wade was going to file a lawsuit, but then changed his mind. It’s a doozy.

The group Citizens for Better Education was prepared to take this case to court.

But according to member Cardell Orrin, “We found out about another group that’s coming together to also represent citizens of Memphis.” The attorney representing that group is Allan Wade. “I know it’s shocking news,” Wade said, “…but I’m suggesting no lawsuit be filed to allow all of this to be worked out administratively.”

In Nashville, the General Assembly got together for their first day back at work. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Colllierville) says he’s already got a bill planned.

It would, if approved, mandate a one year cooling off period in the city/county school fight. Then, they’d schedule a referendum vote, but it wouldn’t just be for Memphis residents. It would be for city and county residents. “What we’re trying to do,” Senator Norris says, “…is to make it possible for a plan and a process to be understood by the people.” Too bad Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery doesn’t buy any of that. “They’re trying to change the rules in the middle of the game,” Chairman Lowery says. “They’re tearing this county apart. They’re not bringing us together. This is not what unity should be.”

Meanwhile, the city council will meet next week and they could approve a referendum which would put the wheels in motion for a vote on the school issue.

There continues to be a petition drive headed by Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn.

And as far as this break the lawyers have decided on, it’s going to be enough to get a cat nap and that’s it. “If this doesn’t happen within a reasonable period of time,” Wade says, “..and I’m not talking about a week, I’m talking about a few days, then the lawsuit will be filed and you will be notified.”


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