MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - A Tennessee Senate committee passed a bill lifting the ban on municipal schools putting the Shelby County suburbs one step closer to forming their own school systems. But the battle is not over yet.
Though suburban parents see the committee vote as a breakthrough, they are still bracing for more hurdles ahead.
"We're just cautiously optimistic," said Phillip Walker, Better Bartlett Schools. "Just like when we voted overwhelmingly to have municipal schools."
The parents with Better Bartlett Schools say the Tennessee Senate committee vote that brings the Shelby County suburban municipalities closer to educational autonomy is exciting, but there is a lot of work to do.
"We still have an election coming up if the bill passes and we have to ensure the municipal schools referendum passes once again in Bartlett," said Derek Venckus.