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VOL. 126 | NO. 29 | Friday, February 11, 2011

Haslam Signs Schools Consolidation Bill

By Bill Dries

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed the schools consolidation bill into law.

The signing took place this morning in Nashville. He signed the bill the day after it won approval in the state House. It was approved in the Senate Monday.

The bill preserves the March 8 citywide referendum on consolidation of the Memphis City Schools with the Shelby County Schools system. It lengthens the time to transition to two and a half years, establishes a 21-member transition committee to work out details of the consolidation and opens the door to special and municipal school district status sought by suburban political leaders to block such a consolidation.

"The bill addresses two of my biggest concerns," Haslam said in a written statement. "It allows an orderly planning process for transition, while leaving the local vote in place for March 8."

“My primary concern, however, has always been that we focus our discussions on what is best for the 150,000 students in Memphis and Shelby County," he continued. "I think the situation, if we will handle it in a thoughtful manner, can be an opportunity for all of us to have a discussion about how we keep moving forward with public education in Memphis and Shelby County.”  

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. called a 3:30 p.m. press conference at City Hall to respond. What this web site for updates.

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PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 56 2,461
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 125 5,303
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 17 125 6,273
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 98 3,511