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Charter surrender referendum to be held in 45-60 days

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – A referendum on the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter will be held in the next 45 to 60 days.

The announcement was made by attorney Monice Hagler during a hearing Thursday morning in Chancery Court.

According to Hagler, election commissioners made the decision to move forward with the referendum after Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins gave them the go ahead.

"The coordinator's office has indicated that the Shelby County Election Commission can move forward pursuant to statute upon request from the board of ed to transfer administration of the City Schools to Shelby County Schools," Hagler said after the hearing.

The move came after a lawsuit suit was filed by attorney Allan Wade on behalf of the group Citizens for a Better Education.  The lawsuit asked that the Shelby County Election Commission be ordered to hold an immediate referendum for city voters.

"I know that our rights have been vindicated," Wade said Thursday. "We're getting exactly what we prayed for.  Fortunately, there's an easy way and a hard way.  We just had to do it the hard way."

Members of the group said they have a right to vote on the question of whether Memphis City Schools should be transferred to Shelby County Schools.

"The voters now have a vested constitutional right to have that election and that can't be altered by the state in any way, legislation or otherwise," Wade said.

The Election Commission will meet next Wednesday to set a date for the referendum.

"We just want to be clear the election commission has not refused at any time to hold a referendum," Hagler said. "There have been several legal questions that have come to bear, opinions that have gone back and forth."

The MCS board voted Dec. 20 to dissolve the city school system and merge with Shelby County Schools, but the move has met resistance from county school officials, who argue a countywide vote is needed.

Members from both boards are working on a compromise.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – A referendum on the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter will be held in the next 45 to 60 days.

 

The announcement was made by attorney Monice Hagler during a hearing Thursday morning in Chancery Court.


According to Hagler, election commissioners made the decision to move forward with the referendum after Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goings gave them the go ahead.

 

The Election Commission will meet next Wednesday to set a date for the referendum.

 

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