House OKs bill to let cities form school systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A measure that would clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems has passed the House.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville was overwhelmingly approved 70-24 on Monday evening. The companion bill was also scheduled to be taken up by the full Senate.

The legislation would lift a 1998 ban that forbids municipalities from starting their own school systems.

It would benefit six Memphis suburbs seeking to bypass a merger of the Shelby County and Memphis school districts and run their own schools.


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