(WMC-TV) - Gov. Bill Haslam signed two bills into law Wednesday that lift the ban on municipal schools in the State of Tennessee. That gives Shelby County's six suburbs the green light to create their own municipal school districts.
Suburban leaders said the new law should nullify court challenges, and there should be another round of referendums as soon as possible.
Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy and her suburban counterparts said municipal schools are now back on track. This is minus the legal barriers that blocked their creation last year.
"We were thrilled to hear the Governor signing," said Goldsworthy. "It was anticipated, but it's always good to check the next thing off the list of things"
(WMC-TV) - A federal judge in Memphis voided a similar bill last year that would have lifted the ban on municipal schools.
The bill appeared to only apply to Shelby County, which violates the state constitution.