MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers with the city of Memphis and the Shelby County Commission have asked a federal judge for a full trial in a school merger lawsuit.
Judge Samuel Mays Jr. had previously decided that there will be no trial and he will rule from the bench in the lawsuit over Memphis City Schools' attempt to disband and unite with the county school system. He also has set a June 30 deadline for final briefs to be filed.
But Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade wants a trial in order to be able to depose someone from the state Department of Education, The Commercial Appeal reports. Wade claims the state has refused to make anyone available.
The county has challenged whether the city schools move to disband and force consolidation is legal.
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