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Tenn. AG: Suburbs can't have own schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state attorney general says Shelby County cities which want to start their own schools can't until after the Memphis-Shelby County school merger is complete.

The opinion released by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper on Tuesday was reported by The Commercial Appeal.

The city-county school consolidation isn't expected to be completed until 2013 or later.

Some suburban municipalities had scheduled referendums for May 10 at which voters were to decide whether to have city school systems.

Cooper opined that the cities can't take any actions to establish school districts until after the city-county educational consolidation.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald said the opinion doesn't prevent his city from proceeding.

County election officials are asking their attorney for guidance.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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