Memphis City Schools Merger Update

You could be forgiven for getting a mild case of whiplash from following the news of Memphis City Schools’ proposed merger with Shelby County Schools.

The city schools board on Thursday backtracked, calling a meeting that could ultimately postpone the merger and give all voters in the county a chance to participate in a referendum on the matter. The state attorney general’s office has said that under the current plan, only voters within the city are eligible.

The public vote could be held within two months, but the Memphis school board still has time to rescind the December vote which triggered the election, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Mark Norris, whose district includes part of Shelby County, backed off his proposal to force county voter participation and slow the process, the Memphis Daily News reported. No matter. Local authorities, it seems, are warming to his idea.