County commission moves to dismiss school suit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Shelby County Commission has filed a motion to dismiss its lawsuit attempting to stop six Memphis suburbs from starting their own public school systems.

The Commercial Appeal ( ) reports that the motion was filed in federal court in Memphis on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays must approve the settlement.

The commission sued in 2012 after the suburbs of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington decided to break away from the merger between Memphis City Schools and the Shelby County school district and start individual school systems.

Voters approved the new school districts, but Mays ruled the vote unconstitutional under state law. The state Legislature changed a law allowing the municipalities to vote again, and residents approved the new school systems for a second time.