Court sides with MCS in budget battle - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Court sides with MCS in budget battle

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The city of Memphis owes Memphis City Schools more than $57 million after a judge ruled Tuesday that Memphis City Council members wrongly withheld funding from the district.

After the ruling, MCS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash is calling it a victory, but for the Memphis City Council, the battle is far from over.
 
Tuesday, Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled the city's decision to cut millions of dollars in funding to the school system violates the state's Basic Education Program.

City Council member Myron Lowery said council has already filed a request for an appeal. 

"The judge did not clarify the issue for which this lawsuit was filed, and that is who is ultimately responsible," Lowery said. "He did not clarify the rule of law.  This has to be appealed so the law can be clarified."

Superintendent Cash said he's hoping there is no delay in the court's ruling. 

"These children in this time cannot and must not be unequally funded and have the question in the air about who is responsible for the funding," Cash said. "These are the city's children, and the city certainly owns a part now and forever with their support and funding."
 
Cash said a delay could have a tremendous impact on school progress and operations in the next academic year.

"Both the school board and the city council, we have the same goals," Lowery said. "This is to educate our children properly and to ensure our system is properly funded. This will happen."

Lowery said the Council is hoping to get an expedited hearing, so the school funding issue can be resolved as soon as possible.

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