Memphis suburbs consider creating independent school systems

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Shelby County suburban mayors are exploring options to escape the prospect of Memphis City and Shelby County schools consolidation.
“People are very clearly concerned about the integrity of the public schools that their children attend in Germantown,” said Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.
She and a few other mayors are considering creating independent school systems in their cities. Goldsworthy said they’d have to overcome a state prohibition on Tennessee municipalities starting school systems.
“Everything needs to be examined,” Goldsworthy said. “… There are an enormous number of questions and very few answers at the moment about any of this. Our responsibility as elected officials is to get those answers as quickly as possible so we can identify the best course of action for our community.”