Municipalities Can Start To Form Districts

On April 30, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

WREG.com
April 30, 2012

(Memphis) Many living in Memphis suburbs are hoping Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will see things their way when it comes to schools.
 
They want the governor to sign a bill allowing municipalities to form their own district.
 
Both the Senate and House have passed the bill.
 
That’s a change form earlier this legislative session, when the municipal districts were ruled unconstitutional.
 
With the City of Bartlett being a step closer to forming its own school district, mom Laura Lee Martin is pleased, “As citizens we have te right to decide on the community level where we’re taking our families.”
 
Martin’s twin daughters will graduate from Bartlett High this year.
 
She thinks it’s important the city not be morphed into the Memphis-Shelby County school system.
 
Martin doesn’t think that district will best serve Bartlett kids, “Those that are coming up, it’s the generation that will take care of my generation.”
 
The recently passed bill, authored by state senator Mark Norris of Collierville, allows Shelby County municipalities to begin to form districts now.
 
It raises concern for Memphis City Schools board member, Martavious Jones who believes the bill cuts corners and acts prematurely, since the transition planning commission has not even finished its work with the Memphis-Shelby County district.
 
Jones wants the state’s attorney general to weigh in on the issue since the bill only applies to Shelby County and not the entire state.
 
Martin says, enough is enough, she’s ready to see the district on the ballot this fall, “I’ll definitely vote for the opportunity.”
 
The bill also allows municipalities to vote for future school board members.

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