New Federal Suit Seeks Judicial Mandate for Immediate All-County School Board.
In action filed Thursday, plaintiffs argue that Memphis City Schools is null and void, that Norris-Todd is inapplicable, and that the county commission should proceed with new county board on one person/one vote grounds.
March 31, 2011 at 12:50PM
Coals-to-Newcastle Dept.: A new federal suit has been filed relative to the ongoing school merger controversy, and this one — aimed primarily at the current Shelby County Schools board and the General Assembly’s recently passed Norris-Todd bill — seeks to declare Memphis City Schools officially null and void and to facilitate the makeover of the SCS board as the governing agency for public schools throughout Memphis and Shelby County. Styled a “complaint for declaratory judgment and permanent injunctive relief,” the suit, filed Thursday morning, could well end up being absorbed within the case now being adjudged by U.S. District Judge Samuel Hardy Mays, who is due to issue a ruling Monday on whether the Shelby County Commission should be enjoined from proceeding with its plan to appoint 25 members of an interim all-county school board.