Appeals Court Backs MNPS in Rezoning Ruling

A federal appeals court has upheld U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp’s prior ruling that found Metro Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) controversial student assignment plan did not represent deliberate racial segregation, the Tennessean reports. The opinion, issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, states that the rezoning plan did not have a “segregative intent” and passes constitutional muster even though it did lead to more racially divided schools. The decision marks another victory for MNPS in the four-year legal battle waged after it rezoned African-American students who live in parts of Bordeaux closer to their homes in the historically low-performing Pearl-Cohn High School cluster.