Rainbow PUSH sues to block MCS budget cuts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Rainbow PUSH sues to block MCS budget cuts

A civil rights organization on Wednesday failed in its bid to block the Memphis City Council from reducing the amount of money it allocates to Memphis City Schools.

Wednesday afternoon in Chancery Court, Javier Bailey argued on behalf of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition that Tuesday night's funding cut would gut significant programs within Memphis City Schools.

Memphis City Council Attorney Allen Wade fired back, insisting the funds were discretionary or additional funds, not mandated by the state or any other entity.  Therefore, Wade argued, it is up to the City Council if they want to raise or reduce its portion.

Ultimately, Chancellor Kenny Armstrong continued the case, asking for another hearing to make a decision on the issue.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Memphis City Council reduced its funding Memphis City Schools.  Among those voting in favor of the reduction were former school board member Wanda Halbert and current MCS teacher Edmund Ford.

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