Commission Wants More Time In School Lawsuit

Commission Wants More Time In School Lawsuit

Memphis and Shelby County Schoools are merged. The suburbs will more than likely get their own systems going next year. But there is still a 500 pound gorilla in the room.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis and Shelby County Schoools are merged. The suburbs will more than likely get their own systems going next year. But there is still a 500 pound gorilla in the room.

Shelby county commissioners say the new municipal schools will form separate and unequal systems for minority students.

A federal judge ordered all sides to send in their arguments in this case today.

But a surprise comes from Shelby County.

The commission wants more time. The lawsuit has been going on for more than two years, and they want more time.

But this might mean a little thaw in the iceberg that exists between commissioners and the suburbs..

Judge Samuel Mays wonders whether the lawsuit should continue. And he has to look at one big thing. If any or all of the case is moot, meaning there is no longer any issue.

Lawyers have made a lot of money on this case. Taxpayers have spent a lot of money paying for those lawyers.

But there might be light at the end of the legal tunnel.

Listen to what County Commissioner Mulroy has to say about suing the suburbs over separate but unequal schools.

“That’s going to be something that we'll address only if we have to,” Mulroy said.

In fact, this delay could indicate something that Mulroy has been trying to get.

“I’ve been saying for months publicly that this is a case that ought to be settled. And if the parties would just come to the table and work out some of these terms, I think we might be able to manage a settlement that would be acceptable to all sides,” Mulroy said.

There is no indication as to when to when Judge Mays will make his decision.
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