Suburbs pull out of negotiations over schools

Suburbs pull out of negotiations over schools


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Leaders of Memphis suburbs say they've reached an impasse with city and county officials over a merger of the Shelby County and Memphis districts and won't participate in any further talks.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports the move on Friday came less than a week after suburban leaders met with state legislators to pursue new state laws that would allow them to run their own schools, bypassing the merger.

Although the suburbs voted in August to create their own districts after the Legislature passed a narrowly crafted bill that allowed it, a federal judge stopped their actions when he ruled in November that the law violated the Tennessee Constitution because it to applied to only one county.

Negotiations among Shelby County, Memphis and suburban officials began shortly after the ruling.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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