Judge Ponders Remaining Issues in Schools Suit

With voters in the six suburbs of Memphis all approving the formation of municipal schools districts, Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays wants to hear from all sides in a pending lawsuit challenging the suburbs’ authority to create those districts, the Memphis Daily News reports. Mays asked the parties to present any remaining issues and argue their positions on two points: whether a 2013 law that lifted the ban on municipal districts statewide effectively ends the need for a ruling in the case, and whether the creation of suburban districts violates the Equal Protection Clause. Attorneys for Shelby County have argued that new suburban schools would racially resegregate public education in the area. Suburban leaders have denied that will happen.