SCS Files Suit After Governor Signs Bill

On February 11, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris

George Brown,
February 11, 2011

(Nashville, TN 2/11/2011) As was first to report, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would delay the merger of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.

This week, both the House and Senate passed the bill by Senator Mark Norris.

The bill builds in a two and a half year period to allow for plans to be put in place.

Late this afternoon, Shelby County Schools filed a lawsuit in federal court.

Names in the suit as defendants are Memphis City Schools, Memphis City Council, the City of Memphis, the U.S. Department of Education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, the Tennessee Department of Education and Education Commissioner Patrick Smith.

Senator Mark Norris said he appreciated the signing of his bill into law, “We appreciate the Governor’s expeditious review and support of this important legislation. His decisive action should help resolve some of the confusion and restore the focus on education.”

The bill goes into effect if Memphis voters say yes to the surrender of the Memphis School charter.

There are some that say all of the above is out the window since the Memphis City Council voted to accept the immediate surrender of the charter.


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