Judge to rule on Nashville schools rezoning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge will rule in the next couple of months on whether the rezoning of Metro Nashville Schools in 2009 was a pretext for re-segregation.

Frances and Jeffrey Spurlock sued three years ago on behalf of their sixth grade daughter. They claim the African-American girl was taken out of a predominantly white school with a good academic record and offered the choice of two failing schools.

In the final day of testimony on Wednesday, a desegregation consultant said he believes the zoning plan promotes integration.

The Tennessean reports Leonard Stevens said that 10 of Metro's 133 schools are racially isolated with 90 percent or more black students. However, in 50 schools, no more than half the students are of any one race. That's up from 38 before rezoning.


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