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November 25, 2013
Settlements with Memphis-area suburbs on the agenda at Shelby County Board meeting
Shelby County’s school board will vote on whether to approve agreements deeding buildings to three of the six suburban municipalities hoping to create their own…
November 22, 2013
Shelby County commissioners approve settlement with two suburbs
The Shelby County Commission voted this afternoon to approve a settlement between the merged Shelby County school district and municipal districts in Lakeland and Arlington.
November 21, 2013
Bartlett reaches settlement with Shelby County Schools
Bartlett has reached a settlement with Shelby County Schools, WREG reported last night. Bartlett, the largest suburb in the Memphis-area, will pay $7.3 million…
November 19, 2013
Shelby County board approves building transfers, settlement with two suburban districts
Shelby County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer five school buildings to two of the six suburban cities that plan to break away from…
November 19, 2013
Shelby County commissioners postpone vote to drop civil rights lawsuit
The Shelby County commission decided yesterday to postpone a vote on whether or not to drop a civil rights lawsuit against several Memphis suburbs, which…
November 13, 2013
Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell speaks on education, jobs
Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. was a teacher before he became Shelby County’s director of corrections, its sheriff, and, in 2010, its mayor. Luttrell, a Republican,…
November 6, 2013
As Germantown mayor begs to negotiate, Shelby board members gawk
Germantown’s mayor, Sharon Goldsworthy, upset several Shelby school board members at a committee meeting Wednesday when she claimed to want to keep Memphis students within…
October 30, 2013
No mass teacher layoffs in municipalities planned, Hopson says
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said at Monday's board meeting and again in a letter on Tuesday that no decisions had yet been made about how teachers in schools that are set to leave the county district will be affected by the separation. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson reiterated to the public Tuesday that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans of laying off hundreds of teachers and administrators at schools set to be absorbed by breakaway municipal districts at the end of this schools year. Six districts have threatened to leave the county's school system. How teachers will be affected if their schools join a municipal district is an unresolved question. " I know that rumors about potential staffing changes within our district have come up," Hopson said in a letter addressed to the public and posted on the district's Tumblr page. "So I want to be very clear that no such decisions or recommendations have been made. Shelby County Schools is absolutely committed to retaining a high-quality workforce, and we will do that with care and consideration."
October 28, 2013
Shelby board approves plan to keep students after municipalities break off
Shelby County's school board proceeded with a controversial plan Monday to keep more than a thousand students and four schools from being absorbed by six municipal districts set to open next school year. The board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that would allow the superintendent to lease several buildings to the municipalities. The resolution also allows the administration to begin planning to serve more than 1,000 students who live in Memphis but attend schools in the municipalities. Board members devised the plan to cushion the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. By holding on to the students, Shelby would also hold on to the per-pupil funding that follows them. Board member David Pickler voted against the resolution and board member David Reaves abstained from the vote. Pickler, Reaves, and dozens of Germantown residents in attendance Monday argued that the public didn't have enough time to vet the resolution and express their opinion before the board voted.
October 28, 2013
No action on municipalities’ lawsuit at Shelby commissioners’ meeting
Shelby County's Board of Commissioners didn't vote on whether to drop a longstanding lawsuit against several municipalities attempting to split from Shelby County Schools Monday, despite suggestions that the decision could come this week. Shelby County commissioner James Harvey told Chalkbeat last Tuesday that the county commission is considering dropping a lawsuit that would prevent municipalities from splitting from Shelby County’s school district. Six municipalities are attempting to separate from Shelby County Schools after the system absorbed Memphis City Schools, which is mostly poor and black.
October 24, 2013
School split increasingly likely as Shelby Commissioners consider dropping lawsuit
The final barrier to six municipalities breaking away from Shelby County Schools' system could be dropped in the coming days, according to several county commissioners. Shelby County commissioner James Harvey told Chalkbeat on Tuesday that the county commission is considering dropping a lawsuit that would prevent municipalities from splitting from Shelby County's school district. Commissioner Chris Thomas, who has been working behind the scenes to garner support, now says that the necessary seven votes on the commission are in place to drop the lawsuit, according to The Commercial Appeal. Six municipalities are attempting to separate from Shelby County Schools after the system absorbed Memphis City Schools, which is mostly poor and black.
October 23, 2013
Shelby County superintendent proposes to take back schools, students
Shelby County school administrators proposed Tuesday to keep four schools and thousands of students from being absorbed by six municipalities that want to break away from the district. The proposal would keep millions of tax dollars that follow students in county coffers, cushioning the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. They would lose another $22 million if the county keeps intact the school zoning map that determines where students go to school, officials said last night. Shelby superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the plan would be the least disruptive to the more than 150,000 students who attend public schools in Shelby County. "Continuity for the students was a big driver here," Hopson told board members.
October 21, 2013
Nine things to know about Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald
Bartlett Mayor A. Keith McDonald has spent the last several years fighting for local control of his city's schools.
October 21, 2013
Up for discussion tomorrow: how to deal with departing municipalities
Shelby County's School Board will be moving toward answering some hard questions tomorrow night — including challenges around the creation of six new suburban school districts and how they’ll create next school year’s budget.
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