Segregation Suit Gains Class-Action Status

The lawsuit against Metro Nashville over allegations of racial re-segregation has taken on class-action status, with plaintiffs now including all African-American students affected by the school district’s controversial 2008 student assignment plan. U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp granted the plaintiffs’ request for class certification Friday in advance of the 3-year-old suit -- now known as Spurlock et al. v. Fox -- reappearing in federal court on Tuesday. The City Paper reports that a number of Metro officials could take the stand as witnesses in the case, including Mayor Karl Dean who plaintiffs subpoenaed.