Lakeland votes to join schools court battle

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Lakeland officials have narrowly voted to have a voice in a lawsuit over suburban school districts in Shelby County.

The Commercial Appeal reported Lakeland commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to join Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown in a joint motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by the Shelby County Commission. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of municipal school districts.

Six suburban cities in Shelby County have Aug. 2 ballot questions on whether voters want local schools instead of being included in a combined system that will merge the Memphis City Schools and the Shelby County Schools.

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