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Legislation expected in municipal schools fight

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Legislation is expected to be filed Thursday in another effort for the suburbs to get their own school system. The goal would be to have municipal school districts by August of 2014.

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Thursday is the deadline to file bills in the state legislature. Suburban leaders expect at least one, maybe more, to be filed on municipal schools. The main focus is a goal that would lift the ban on municipal schools state wide.

This bill was proposed last year, but did not have support in other parts of the state. So the bill was altered in a way it just pertained to Shelby County. But, because of the narrow effect, the judge hearing the municipal schools case said the bill was unconstitutional and threw it out.

The hope is this year there may be support in the legislature for a statewide lifting of the ban on municipal schools.

Suburban leaders say if the support isn't there, there's also an option of legislation that would make it easier for the municipalities to form charter schools.

But, the goal is the state wide lifting of the ban, to answer a key question in the ongoing lawsuit.

"We'd like to see the ban lifted on municipal schools across the state so it would be clear there would be no reason for any lawsuits, in terms of constitutional statuses," says Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

McDonald added he does expect the lawsuit on whether municipal systems would re-segregate schools in Shelby County to continue.

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