Smaller Municipal school systems are often better for students and communities than large bureaucratic mega-districts. Municipal systems run more efficiently, provide higher quality education, have true local accountability for its leadership, are more responsive, and result in increased community pride.
Last year, Bartlett, Arlington, Lakeland, Germantown, Collierville, and Millington residents voted overwhelmingly to form (and fund with a sales tax increase!) their own municipal schools, but they have not been allowed to do so because the ban on Municipal Schools is still in place in Tennessee. These suburbs want the same opportunity that other municipalities in Tennessee are fortunate to have. They were forced into the largest school merger in history. They do not wish to be lost in an inefficent mega-district of 150,000 students, one of the largest school systems in the country.
Please support municipal school legislation (TNSB1353 and TNHB1288) to allow municipalities to form their own school districts.