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Still, a tally of the ballots doesn't provide a final answer to what happens next to the city's underperforming schools and its 103,000 students. A new state law and federal lawsuit are intended to slow down any merger that would result in a system of 150,000 students with the county in charge.
27, 2011 photo, high school students walk to the buses on Chism Trail in Memphis at the end of the school day. Voters have chosen to merge the Memphis city school system with the surrounding Shelby County system. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Dave Darnell)
the issue, a low turnout considering the intense debate surrounding the merger. About 422,000 people are eligible to vote within the city limits, said Richard Holden, administrator of elections for Shelby County. The vote should be certified within three weeks.
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The cash strapped city school board last December surrendered its charter and turned over control to Shelby County, which operates public schools in the western Tennessee city's suburbs.
"I'm pleased with the outcome, but the real work only now begins," said Martavius Jones, the Memphis City Schools board member who has been one of the leaders of the merger effort. "This is still our opportunity to rebuild the education of every child in Shelby County."
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Regardless of turnout, the outcome is pivotal for the future of Memphis' troubled school system. The months long discussion ahead of the vote stirred emotions in the county of 920,000 people.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee 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.
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