Gloom, Confusion, Resolve Mingle in City's Response to State Officials
February 2, 2011 at 8:19AM
“Bear in mind, the state always holds the nuclear option, if you will.”
That statement, made by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton near the beginning of a Tuesday afternoon meeting of local officials at City Hall, underscored the heightened degree of difficulty now confronting Memphians committed to next month’s scheduled citywide referendum on the transfer of authority for Memphis City Schools to Shelby County Schools. The meeting, to which members of the City Council, the County Commission, the two local school boards were invited, had been called on behalf of the Shelby County legislative delegation by state Senator Beverly Marrero, the Midtown Democrat who is this year’s delegation chair.