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Memphis NAACP announces support of charter surrender

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Branch of the NAACP will encourage local residents to support the proposed surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter.

Despite the snow storm, branch president and former Fayette County Schools superintendent Dr. Warner Dickerson made the announcement at the organization's Vance Street headquarters Monday.

"It is our opinion that a unified system is the best for the boys and girls of this community," he said.

Dickerson said thus far during the charter debate, there's been too much confusion.

"Facts have been distorted, and I don't think all of it's accidental," he said.

Dickerson believes Memphis cannot afford the tax increase that would follow if Shelby County Schools become a special school district, and added that Shelby County residents have no place in the vote.

"They don't have a dog in this pack," he said. "They're not submitting anything."

Last week, the Shelby County Election Commission delayed the charter surrender referendum, after Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goin said the Memphis City Council must first approve the vote.  But Monday, Dickerson demanded the commission immediately set a date for the people to vote.

"If they are wise and prudent and really concerned about the boys and girls of all colors, fat ones, tall ones, short ones and skinny ones, those who speak English well and those who don't - because we have all of that in our community - then get to work," he said. "Quit talking and quit stalling."

Dickerson said the NAACP's Memphis branch is planning a community campaign to let the public know its position on the charter surrender proposal.

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