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Parents have many unanswered questions about charter surrender

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - 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.

"I'm confused," Harrison said Thursday. "I don't know exactly what we can expect out of any of the school boards.  Are the educators going to lose their jobs?  Are any of the schools going to close?  Are the optional schools going to be cut out?  I don't know."

For Harrison, understanding the charter has sometimes been a challenge.

"It needs to be written and worded for a third grader, maybe in just plain terms, exactly what we can expect on this merger, consolidation," she said.

Meanwhile, Heidi Rupke is worried about her daughter's future, as well as other students.

"Certainly I'm concerned about the quality of education, (and) classroom size," she said. "I like smaller schools that are well run with good administration and high parent involvement."

The decision to merge city and county schools systems could still eventually be left up to the voters.  However, the expectation of a speedy referendum on the MCS charter surrender is over, after Shelby County Election Commission refused to set a date for a vote on the advice of state officials.        

"I think I need more information before I voted, but it sounds like a proper way to decide," Rupke said.

"I guess it's just the fear of the unknown," Harrison added. "I just really don't know what's going to happen."

Some parents said with the referendum apparently on hold, an orderly plan should be put in place to prevent any chaos in the event of a possible merger.

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