Legislature Approves Municipal Schools Bill

After much speculation about resistance to lifting the statewide ban on special school districts, a bill to do just that sailed through the Tennessee House and Senate on Monday, the Memphis Daily News reports. The legislation was approved 70-24 in the House before winning approval in the Senate on a 24-5 vote. If signed by the governor, the bill will permit municipal school districts in 29 cities, including the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County that have been seeking authority to establish their own school districts rather than merge with the Memphis city schools.