Shelby County Commissioners spent Wednesday discussing how to put money aside for legal fees to fight the schools battle in court.
Last week, Shelby County Commissioners interviewed dozens of unified school board candidates. The short list includes current Memphis and Shelby County school board members, well-known community names, and religious leaders.
As Memphis City School Board Commissioners prepare for the transition to a unified school board with Shelby County Schools, board member Kenneth Whalum says parents teachers and students deserve to know where things stand.
Shelby County commissioners confirmed Monday that two new lawsuits are now looming in the battle to merge Memphis and Shelby County Schools.
A bold bid by the struggling, majority-black Memphis City Schools system to force a merger with the majority-white, successful suburban district has fanned relatively routine fears over funding and student performance into accusations of full-blown racism.
The day after 71 percent of Memphis voters decided to unify Memphis and Shelby County Schools, the tone was starkly different at news conferences for each school system Wednesday.
Voters in Memphis have approved a referendum that transfers control of Memphis City Schools to Shelby County.
After months of confusion, lawsuits and political wrangling, the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter is less than 24 hours away. Monday, a newly released poll suggested what the charter surrender's outcome may be.
A rally started the final push for votes with the historic Memphis City Schools charter surrender vote only days away.
Two pivotal players in the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter broke their silence Tuesday.
The Shelby County Commission held a spirited debate Monday about creating a board that would govern a unified school district.
As the date of the referendum to decide whether or not Memphis City Schools should surrender its charter draws closer, many say they can't decide if an MCS merger with Shelby County Schools would be good or bad.
Shelby County Commissioner and University of Memphis law professor Steve Mulroy said the latest action by the Shelby County School Board may be a direct violation of the First Amendment.
The Shelby County School Board approved a golden parachute for the current superintendent Thursday.
A Shelby County Commissioner stormed out of a meeting on the proposed Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools merger Wednesday, telling reporters the Commission was wasting taxpayer dollars.
A local scholar said Saturday that the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter was headed to court from the start.
A spokesperson for Shelby County Schools said Friday if there is a city and county school merger, the system hopes its current superintendent, John Aitken, will stay on. But some county school board commissioners say an effort to keep him on board could result in hundreds of thousands of wasted taxpayer dollars.
Dozens of area pastors united Friday to support the merger of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. Members of Citizens for Better Education said they would vote 'yes' to unify the city and county school systems.
Memphis City Schools is launching a campaign called "Just So You Know" to keep the public informed about the charter surrender referendum.
As the resolution to create an interim unified Memphis and Shelby School Board moves through the Shelby County Commission, Shelby County School Board President David Pickler is worried.
Click here for a list of charter surrender/school consolidation events scheduled for Thursday, February 17th.
A resolution to create an interim unified Memphis and Shelby County School Board of Commissioners is moving at warp speed through the Shelby County Commission.
A court battle is imminent between key lawmakers in the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter. But as their attorneys brace for battle, those lawmakers are forced to carry out other government business as usual.
The Shelby County Commission will have its hands full with school merger matters Monday.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition president LaSimba Gray hosted a handful of critical leaders at Monumental Baptist Church Saturday to share opposition to the March 8 referendum to transfer Memphis schools to Shelby County.
Proponents of a city and county school merger held a rally Saturday in an effort to get out the vote.
Democrats who represent Memphis in the state House are discussing their response to a bill delaying a potential merger between the city and county school systems.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday signed into law a bill that delays an attempt by the Memphis city school system to disband and turn education over to the Shelby County system now serving only the suburbs.
Memphis Mayor AC Wharton expressed his disappointment over Gov. Bill Haslam's signing of a state law that would delay the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.
The Memphis City Council passed a resolution Thursday evening to approve the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter.
Opponents of a proposal that would slow down any merger between Memphis schools and the Shelby County system say it boils down to an issue of race.
A storm unfolded in the Shelby County Commission Wednesday after commissioners proposed hiring an outside law firm to represent the commission in the Memphis and Shelby County school merger debate.
Final approval of a bill that would delay a school merger for two-and-a-half years is expected Thursday, even as the Memphis City Council prepares to fight back.
The Tennessee Senate passed a bill Monday night that would control the timeline for the Memphis City Schools charter surrender.
A survey shared exclusively with Action News 5 revealed Sunday that Memphis voters will most likely choose to transfer the city school system to Shelby County.
A vague law from the 1940's is partly to blame for why there is so much confusion over the Memphis City Schools charter surrender, and the protocol to make it happen.
"We're sitting here in one of the most important meetings in the history of this city," said Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert during an emergency meeting Thursday.
A bill that would force Memphis City School leaders to wait at least three years before consolidating passed a another big hurdle Thursday.
A bill proposed by Tennessee State Senator Mark Norris that would set a three year transition period for the unification of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools - if the MCS charter surrender is passed by voters - has been approved by a Senate Committee.
Tempers flared in Shelby County Commission Wednesday over the latest developments in the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools Charter.
Gov. Bill Haslam has asked for a personnel plan addressing teachers in Memphis and Shelby County regardless of the outcome of a March 8 referendum for city voters to decide whether to dissolve the city school system.
As they embark on upon a monumental vote that could decide the fate of the Memphis City Schools charter, the Shelby County Delegation held its meeting Tuesday in a unique location: the Memphis City Council's chambers.
Two Memphis high school debate teams weighed in on the Memphis City Schools charter surrender Sunday.
While the city and county school boards race against the clock to push their consolidation agendas, the state legislature in Nashville has put their plans to delay a charter referendum vote back on the fast track.
Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey touched a nerve Thursday night when he threatened a state takeover of Memphis City Schools in an effort to stop consolidation with county schools.
School officials tried to explain how two school districts may become one in Wednesday night's Memphis City Schools charter surrender debate.
Money provided by the Title One program offers critical assistance to students living in poverty. But what will happen if Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge?
With Memphis voters on the brink of an historic vote that could transfer the city school system to Shelby County Schools, school board Commissioner Kenneth Whalum, Jr. is making new demands.
The Memphis City Schools charter surrender fight has some Germantown citizens examining what it would take to create their own school district, and they may be willing to pay higher taxes to make it happen.
A study led by Rhodes College professor Marcus Pohlmann, Ph.D. offers a unique glimpse of the possible impacts of merging Memphis and Shelby County Schools.
The Shelby County Election Commission has set March 8, 2011 as the date for the Memphis City Schools charter surrender referendum.
Many Shelby County residents believe they should have a say in the vote because their taxes fund city schools. But University of Memphis Constitutional Law professor Steve Mulroy says a 1996 Federal Appeals ruling puts the breaks on the suburban inclusion argument.
Memphis City School Board members voted No to a compromise from Shelby County Schools regarding the charter surrender Tuesday.
The Memphis City Council voted to approved the Memphis City Schools charter surrender effective March 21, 2011.
People seeking clarity in the confusing fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter spent Saturday morning hearing arguments for and against the vote to transfer the city school district to Shelby County Schools.
State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris was in Nashville Thursday pushing a bill that would require a waiting period and a dual vote in the city and county before their respective school districts could consolidate.
Memphis City School Board members debated Thursday night whether they should discuss a compromise that would delay the charter surrender referendum for one year.
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The Memphis City School charter surrender is perhaps the biggest issue to arise since former sheriff Mark Luttrell became Shelby County Mayor.
Tennessee Governor-Elect Bill Haslam received a science lesson Wednesday at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Then, he was in the hot seat with a type of science question of his own
If Memphis voters surrender the Memphis City Schools charter, current Shelby County Schools Superintendent John Aitken is the man who would run both school systems until a new countywide school board is formed.
Among the costs the county school board listed last week were numerous school closings, massive lay-offs of city school personnel and a potential loss of millions in funding. But what you may not have heard is the current Shelby County School Board would not be in charge long.
As discussions continue over school consolidation in Memphis and Shelby County, one Tipton County leader says it is going to take a lot of time and patience to get it done right.
There were more twists and turns in the Memphis City Schools charter surrender fight Tuesday when a citizens' group scheduled to file a lawsuit against the Shelby County Election Commission today put the brakes on their plans.
A storm of another kind is surfacing in the fight to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter. Tennessee's State Attorney General, Robert Cooper, released a new legal opinion Monday on the heels of a report by the Shelby County attorney.
The Memphis Branch of the NAACP will encourage local residents to support the proposed surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter.
A new group said it will fight to combine Memphis City and Shelby County Schools.
If there's one person who knows what it's like to consolidate school districts, its attorney Charles Cagle. Thursday, Cagle advised the Shelby County School Board to prepare to absorb the Memphis City School District.
Despite all the opinions about whether Memphis City Schools can abolish their school district, councilman Shea Flinn said Thursday a simple document could put the issue into the hands of voters in a matter of days.
Leaders with Shelby County Schools were told at a meeting Thursday that their system should be prepared to merge with Memphis City Schools.
When it comes to the heated issue of surrendering the Memphis City School charter to Shelby County, Memphis City School parents like Terri Harrison say there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
Voters in Memphis will likely have to wait a little longer before they decide if the city should disband its school system.
The idea to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter did not originate with the school board. Instead, it came from a study that was released in 2008.
A day after he hosted a joint news conference with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell about the possibility of school district consolidation, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton posted a message appealing directly to parents and students in the city's school district.
Former Memphis mayor and MCS superintendent Willie Herenton has felt the same way about school consolidation for a long time.
Many Memphis city council members are just starting to form their opinions on the monumental school charter issue. There isn't a lot of time to for Memphians to make up their minds. Early voting on the referendum could begin in as little as 16 days.
A close look at the Memphis City Schools charters shows that, according to constitutional law, some portions are so outdated they're obsolete. So by default, some of Memphis City Schools functions are currently operating under state and federal law.
Shelby County School leaders responded Monday to the possibility of consolidation, and what it would mean if Memphis voters surrender the Memphis City Schools charter.
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As Memphis braces for the vote to decide the fate of the Memphis City Schools charter surrender, Mayor A C Wharton is planning for both scenarios.
The Memphis City Council may soon be dragged into a fight between Memphis City and Shelby County Schools.
The Shelby County Election Commission chairman said when a newly-elected Memphis City School Board is sworn in Saturday, they could overturn the board's resolution to surrender the charter.
A new grassroots campaign called "Save our Students" is gaining momentum in the debate over the Memphis City Schools charter surrender.
Leaders in Arlington say they are considering the town's boldest move in its 110 years of existence: creating a municipal school district.
After the historic vote to transfer Memphis City Schools to the county, lawmakers in every branch of government are bracing for what's next.
A grassroots movement is emerging, as lawmakers and school leaders begin to take action on the Memphis City School Board's decision to surrender its charter and consolidate with county schools.
The Shelby County Election Commission received an official notification Wednesday from Memphis City Schools' attorneys requesting an election date for a referendum to surrender the MCS charter.
It's being called the most historic vote in the history of Memphis City Schools. After a marathon meeting that ended just shy of midnight Monday, the MCS board passed a resolution that could consolidate city and county schools.
In a meeting that lasted more than five hours, the Memphis City Schools board voted to surrender the school system's charter Monday night.
A proposal by Shelby County Schools leaders Thursday could quiet talks of Memphis City Schools surrendering its charter.
Memphis City School Board Commissioners considered giving up their charter and forcing consolidation with Shelby County Schools Monday night.
Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash made his position clear Tuesday on a proposal to surrender the city school charter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mayors of Memphis and Shelby County are calling for more discussion about efforts to dissolve the Memphis City Schools' charter and force consolidation of the county and city school systems.