MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The trial has resumed in Memphis where a federal judge is hearing arguments on whether a state law that allows the six small cities in Shelby County to start their own schools is constitutional.
The proceedings got back under way Thursday after a two-week recess. The Commercial Appeal reported that Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was asked Wednesday outside City Hall what his city's fallback plan is should the court rule against the municipalities. McDonald acknowledged some of the cities have backup plans, but said he believes the suburban cities will prevail.
Attorneys for Memphis and Shelby County are trying to prove the statute doesn't pass muster, claiming it could apply to only Shelby County, where the city and county schools are combining.