The Memphis-Shelby County Political Action Committee for Education (M/SC PACE) is a bi-partisan council of members who promote public education through political action. M/SC PACE works to elect candidates who are friends of public education to the school board, city council, county commission, mayor`s office, state legislature and governor`s office.
The Tennessee General Assembly meets in Nashville each year beginning on the second Tuesday of January. Generally, legislative sessions last from mid-January through late April or May of each year.
The functions of the Legislature are to enact, amend, and repeal the laws of Tennessee. Many of the decisions made by the State Legislature directly affect the way schools are run! It`s important to contact your legislators regarding issues that are important to you.
To search for bills, see the schedule of meetings or find and contact your legislators, visit the Tennessee State General Assembly Website at http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/ or click picture above.
The Shelby County Board of Commissioners makes important decisions regarding the school district, including funding. Commission meetings are held on select Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Committee and Commission meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building, located at 160 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103.
Citizens may write letters or send emails to their County Commissioners to share ideas and concerns. This input helps commissioners know what constituents want and expect from Shelby County Government. To contact your County Commissioner, click the picture above or go to http://www.shelbycountytn.gov .
The Shelby County Board of Education governs schools within the Shelby County School System.Business meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 P.M. in the SCS administration building auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood at the corner of Avery and Hollywood. Work sessions are held one week prior to the business meeting at 5:30 P.M. in the Board auditorium as well. All meetings are open to the public.
For more details about the Shelby County School Board, visit their website at http://www.scsk12.org/board/index or click the picture above.
Visit www.shelbyvote.com for information on upcoming area elections.
Absentee ballots may be requested 7 - 90 days before Election Day. Once an absentee ballot has been issued, it can only be accepted via mail or courier and must arrive before the polls close on Election Day at 7 pm.
Judicial and County Officials and State primary elections are held on the first Thursday of August of every even-numbered year. November elections follow August primaries. Referendums and municipal elections may also be held in primary elections.