Suburban Parents Disappointed in Judge’s School Ruling

(Collierville) Lots of parents in the suburbs were hoping for a different educational route for their children once Memphis and Shelby County schools merge.

Now, that’s at least been put on hold after Judge Samuel Mays ruled one part of the fight for the schools was unconstitutional.

“I would like to see us get our own schools, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen right now,” said Carolyn Ferrini, who lives in Collierville.

She, along with many others in the Shelby County suburbs, is disappointed by Tuesday’s ruling.

It puts a momentary stop to the formation of municipal schools.

“It makes me really sad that one person can make that decision for all of us,” said Heather Strong.

She now wonders what the future holds for children in the municipalities, “It’s just really important that our community has great schools. I just don’t want the school system to get watered down. I don’t want our standards to be lower to meet everyone’s criteria. We have really good schools out here and I don’t want to lose that.”

Citizens in towns like Germantown, Collierville and Bartlett voted overwhelming to form and fund their own districts.

“People want their own schools,” said Ferrini. “They want to be able to build them develop them, use them, and educate the children by their choice not somebody else’s choice.”

The ruling knocked the suburbs off their August 2013 start date, but the door for their own districts is not completely closed yet.

Ferrini urges those behind the suburban schools push to keep pushing, “They should keep on keeping on because they can see that the people what their own schools.”

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