Judge Rethinks School Board Composition

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is considering whether he should change the terms of the 2011 consent decree that so far has governed the path to consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems, the Memphis Daily News reports. Mays today raised the possibility of changing the structure of the new school board that will take effect on Sept. 1, saying the current plan might raise equal protection concerns and could result in more than 400,000 Shelby County citizens being represented by school board members they did not elect.