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The Week in Review


Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher plan, allowing families to apply for up to $7,500 per year for tuition and related education expenses, has drawn interest from about 2,000 families in Memphis and Nashville, Lee said during a Memphis visit last week.

In the first year, up to 5,000 students can receive the vouchers. The funding they will receive is equivalent to the state’s per pupil funding for students in public schools.

Also last week, problems continued to mount for Memphis-Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray. Records obtained from MSCS show that Ray supervised two women with whom he is alleged in divorce proceedings to have had affairs.

Problems also continued for County Clerk Wanda Halbert, who is dealing with a backlog in distribution of car tag renewals. The clerk’s office began a callback system last week to avoid long lines for in-person renewals, and the system seemed to work well on its first day. The backlog, meanwhile, stood at about 5,200 license plates.
— Metro editor Ron Maxey

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Superintendent Joris Ray had a supervisory role over at least one of the women with whom he is alleged to have had had an affair, according to personnel files from the Memphis-Shelby County School System.

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