Suburban Memphis Voters Approve New Schools

Voters in the Memphis suburbs approved the creation of new school districts again yesterday. A federal judge had thrown out last year’s vote. Though turnout was lighter than the first vote, the creation of school systems in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington had overwhelming support. The move to establish suburban districts comes on the heels of a merger between Memphis city schools and Shelby County schools, The Commercial Appeal reports. WREG 3 in Memphis, however, suggests the court still could ban the new districts if it determines they violate equal protection rights or re-segregate the schools.