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Cash says charter surrender would move MCS decades backward

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash made his position clear Tuesday on a proposal to surrender the city school charter.

"My position would be to put an injunction on it," he said.

Cash said a charter surrender would take the city school system back 56 years, to the days before the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

"This goes to the heart of what I call 'separate and unequal,'" he said.

The Memphis City School Board will vote next week on the charter surrender. It comes after a shift in power in the State Legislature that could make it possible for Shelby County Schools to get enough votes to become a special school district.

If the MCS Board relinquishes its own special school district status, SCS would be forced to take in the city students.  Only one superintendent would be necessary, so Cash could be out of a job.

"We need to be really thoughtful at this time," he said.

The school funding formula requires city schools to receive three dollars for every one dollar county schools receive from the state.

The funding formula would change in either scenario, and Cash says MCS would lose resources.

"In 2010 we shouldn't be talking like that about those issues, but if this unfolds like it looks like, that is a federal Supreme Court type of situation," he said.

The Memphis City Council is calling for a meeting this week of all parties involved, and is also asking the University of Memphis to attend.

To read a study on the impact of a Shelby County Special School District, click here.

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