MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shelby County commissioners are suing to block elections that could create school districts in six municipalities.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Memphis is the latest development in the merger of the majority-black Memphis City Schools system and the majority-white Shelby County school district. The systems are set to join in 2013, but six Shelby County municipalities -- Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington -- are looking to avoid the merger by seeking their own school systems.
According to The Commercial Appeal, commissioners argue that the municipalities' school districts would be majority white and that race is a factor in their move to have their own systems.
Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald says he plans to ask for an investigation into the legality of the lawsuit.
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