Judge Rules School Referendums Can Go Forward

Judge Samuel Mays ruled today that the Aug. 2 municipal schools referendums in the greater Memphis area may take place, with early voting to begin Friday. The ruling ended a daylong hearing, in which Mays listened to representatives from the Shelby County Commission and the suburbs, which want residents to vote on whether to start separate school districts. According to the Commercial Appeal, Mays is still discussing the possibility of not certifying votes on the referendum until a decision is made on the constitutionality of legislation that allows for the creation of multiple municipal school systems in the county.