Memphis voters OK city schools merger with county

City voters chose Tuesday to dissolve the Memphis school system and force the county–whose students are accustomed to much more success in the wealthier suburbs–to take over its education, the Associated Press reports. With all 185 precincts reporting, about 67 percent of voters approved the furiously debated referendum to disband, while 33 percent voted against. It means voters have confirmed the city school board’s decision to combine with Shelby County schools. It comes despite strong opposition against the merger among the suburban communities. Only city residents decided the issue, which angered county officials…

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