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Local leaders react to suburban schools vote

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Six Memphis suburbs have voted to start public school districts in their municipalities to avoid being a part of the merged Shelby County and Memphis City School system.

The suburbs will be a part of the Unified District for the 2013-2014 school year. After that, the Shelby County School system will likely resemble the old Memphis City district.

Some local city leaders believe with charter schools popping up, and the achievement school districts in Memphis, the students who attend the merged schools district inside the city of Memphis will be the ones who will suffer the most.

6 Shelby Co. suburbs vote to create muni school districts: http://bit.ly/1dDuuvH

"What's going to remain is a smaller Unified School District that will be densely populated with children from the low income situations. The most difficult to teach and a school district that is in dire straits of financial difficulties," says former Memphis mayor and Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Willie Herenton.

"I think it doesn't affect it for this school year, but we will have to see what develops. Our main focus needs to be providing the best quality education for all the kids in Shelby County," says Shelby County School Board member Christ Caldwell.

"We got to come together and ensure that all the students at the end of the day are going to be progressive and be able to move in the 21st Century with a good education, regardless of where you come from," adds County Commissioner Melvin Burgess, Jr.

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