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Dec 17, 1:21 PM EST

Agreement calls for Memphis to pay schools $43M


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials with Shelby County Schools have approved an agreement in a long-standing dispute that would have the city pay the district $43.3 million over 13 years.

The dispute dates to 2008, when the City Council withheld $57 million from the now-defunct Memphis City Schools. The parties entered mediation after a judge ordered the city to pay because the city has a counterclaim.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/13bqHqS ) reports Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced the agreement in writing to council members shortly before their meeting Tuesday, causing some tension.

Council member Shea Flinn said he thinks mediation efforts should continue.

"I do not share the mayor's assessment that it's a fair offer - but I've been in the mediations, and he has not," Flinn said after the meeting.

Wharton said the city charter gives him the authority to reach an agreement, but it would be up to the council to fund it.

SCS Supt. Dorsey Hopson called the settlement a "compromise."

"In any compromise, you have to give to get. The headline of this is that we put it past us," he said.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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