Listing of school forums

Forums? We've got schools forums. These are in today's print edition and/or were printed earlier in the week. If we accidentally include the same one twice, forgive the redundancy. If you know of others, please send them along to


  • State Rep. Barbara Cooper will host a schools forum 6-8 p.m. at Central Station, 545 S. Main. Invited guests include state Sen. Jim Kyle, state Sen. Mark Norris, state Rep. Joe Towns and state Education Commissioner Patrick Smith.
  • The Mid-South Tea Party is sponsoring a school merger forum from 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday night p.m. at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center auditorium, 5868 Stage. Merger proponents include Memphis City Schools board member Martavius Jones, Memphis City  Councilman Shea Flinn and state Rep. G.A.  Hardaway, D-Memphis. Opponents include Bartlett  Mayor Keith McDonald,  Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler and  state Reps. Ron Lollar, R-Bartlett, and Curry  Todd, R-Collierville.
  • Commissioners Chris Thomas, Wyatt Bunker and Terry Roland, who all represent suburban areas,  have scheduled a 6 p.m. town hall meeting just before the Mid-South Tea Party event also at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center.
  • Houston High School and Germantown High School will co-host an "informational meeting about the future of Shelby County Schools" at 5 p.m. in the Houston High auditorium with SCS board chairman David Pickler.
  • Stand for Children will host a community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the potential school merger at Trinity Baptist Church, 8899 Trinity Road in Cordova. Panelists include state Rep. Mark WhiteNorris, Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey, Shelby County Schools board member Mike Wissman and Cardell Orrin, co-manager of Citizens for Better Education.
  • Memphis City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert is hosting an informational meeting on the school consolidation merger vote at 6 p.m. at the Bert Ferguson Community Center, 8505 Trinity Road in Cordova.


Memphis parents in favor of the merger will gather from 11 a.m. to noon at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue, for a Get Out The Vote Campaign rally.

Education Chat with Commissioner Steve Mulroy and Dr. Joy Clay. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper Street.

"The Pros and Cons of merging the Memphis City and Shelby County School Systems." at 6 p.m. - First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Featured speakers include County Commissioner and University of Memphis Law Professor Steve Mulroy, Jackson Baker of The Memphis Flyer and Ryan Tracy from Stand for Children. The forum will address written questions submitted prior to the start of the event, to ensure that it remains an informative discussion, rather than a political debate. The goals of this forum are to: Explain how we now find ourselves at this crossroads, deciding whether to vote Yes or No on the March 8 Referendum; evaluate the pros and cons of consolidation, both for the citizens of Memphis and for those in other parts of Shelby County; and, explore the possible consequences of maintaining the status quo. Free childcare will be provided for children under 7. Reserve your spot by Friday, February 18 by clicking here. Please submit questions by clicking here.  You may also arrive early to submit a written question.


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