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Shelby County looks at turning iZone schools into charters as federal funding set to end


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Shelby County education leaders are considering the possibility of turning over the district's iZone schools to charters.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports the discussion comes as federal funding for the schools is about to end.

Greg Thompson, executive director of Tennessee Charter School Center, says not all charter schools have lots of private funding. He says funding depends on a multitude of factors including who operates it and its track record.

Shelby County Schools has about 9,040 students enrolled at 17 iZone schools.

Some say making the iZone schools would allow them to keep the innovation and flexibility that has made them successful. Others say the concept needs to be studied more thoroughly before a final decision is made.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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