CommShelby County commissioners approved another $300,000 for attorneys fighting the municipal school federal lawsuit after a move to drop the lawsuit didn't garner enough votes.
The move to drop the lawsuit was doomed before the vote, and even the commissioners who presented it knew that.
The suburban commissioners sponsored a resolution to drop the county's lawsuit on municipal schools.
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Late last year Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays, Jr., put a stop to municipal schools because the newly created laws that allowed for their formation were unconstitutional. Jude Mays still has to weigh in on other laws that would allow for municipal schools after the merger of Memphis City and Shelby County Schools is complete this summer.
Mediation between the county and suburbs was abandoned as new legislation was presented in Nashville that would allow for the creation of the separate school systems.
The suburban commissioners said that municipal schools are inevitable and the lawsuit should be dropped by the county, but it did not get the votes.
Commissioner Walter Bailey suggested the suburbs be the ones to drop the suit.
"An approach to this, and I raise the question, to talk to the other side, the adversaries, if you don't have adversaries you don't have a lawsuit," Commissioner Bailey said. "Ask them to concede the remaining issues, the lawsuit will vanish."