Council considering plan to abandon school funding - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Council considering plan to abandon school funding

Memphis City Council members are considering abandoning city funding for the Memphis City School System, a move that would cut $93.5 million from the budget.

"When you're making that kind of investment, you want to see a better return on your investment," council member Wanda Halbert said Tuesday.

Halbert said the move will not only help balance the budget, but also offer property tax relief, keep the city's $72 million reserve intact, and increase services.

Halbert defended the proposed cut, less than one year after leaving a longtime stint on the Memphis City School Board.

"And I knew that there was a potential for something like this to happen," she said. "That is what I think is important. This is not personal. It's important this community sees accountability from the school system."

Halbert said the cut would force the school system to make changes. Changes, she said, that she would have fought for if last year's school board faced the same potential change in budget.

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