NAACP files lawsuit over school rezoning

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 10:10am
Staff Reports

Leaders of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) have followed through with talk of suing Metro Schools over the issue of rezoning.

It was reported on Tuesday that the NAACP had filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jeffrey and Frances Spurlock against Metro Nashville Public Schools, claiming the district’s rezoning plan negatively affected their daughter’s education and led to bullying and harassment after she was transferred from one middle school to another.

In April of this year, local NAACP president Marilyn Robins told The City Paper that the organization was working on depositions even before rezoning measures were passed by Metro Schools’ Board of Education last summer.

“We’re going to take this issue all the way,” Robinson said at the time. “If we have to go to the Supreme Court, we will.”

MNPS has acknowledged receipt of the suit, which was filed on Monday, but had no comment. For more on the lawsuit, click here.



8 Comments on this post:

By: Dragon on 9/1/09 at 8:49

Why is it considered racist to go to school where you live?

By: Loso on 9/1/09 at 9:21

Because theres no money being put into inner city schools for a proper education. Why do all the suburban schools have good books, computers, higher paid teachers, facilities, etc? Wouldnt you want your kids to go to a better school? OUr city wouldnt have this problem if they put the same kind of attention into the inner city schools as brentwood and other areas.

By: artsmart on 9/1/09 at 10:14

First of all I'm not sure how many of Metro Schools are like Williamson County Schools. In the Tennessean they claimed a child didn't have books after the first week, so I'm not sure which story is correct. It raises two responses however;
if they do not have textbooks for the children after the promises that were made then Metro was looking for trouble. Secondly were children not allowed to stay where they were if that was what was prefered? If that was the case it makes you wonder if people were not looking for a reason to bring a suit. I still believe going to your school in neighborhood is the best way to go for everyone however.

By: govskeptic on 9/1/09 at 10:19

First Losco, Brentwood is not in Davidson Co. Secondly, Davidson Co
is playing catch up from 30 yrs of being under a Federal Court mandate
and running scared on every move they made. Actual education of the
children has been secondary to political correctness and union interest
for far too long. NAACP interest is important to what is being attempted
at the present time, not the opposite. Another Court action only impedes the education of all the children county wide.

By: Magnum on 9/1/09 at 11:34

Well I can't attest to being overly informed Loso, but am pretty certain that Metro pays its teachers better than or at least as well as its neighbors. One of the major problems in my opinion is that no one wants to work there. Good teachers go to Metro right out of college, grab some experience, get fed up quickly with the lack of parental support, the politics, the fact that a major part of their day involves babysitting as opposed to teaching, etc., and then move to the suburbs. The only significant chance Metro has of attracting and retaining good teachers is when they have returned home and have hopes for their hometown neighborhood. These teachers will often put up with all of the negatives because they went to school there or were raised in that part of town. At the end of the day though, you can't wipe away the detrimental effects of poor or absentee parenting no matter how much money you float into the system.

By: NewYorker1 on 9/1/09 at 12:33

Magnum, I absolutely LOVE that name for some reason, you hit the nail on the head. Education starts at home. Education begin with the parents and ends with the parents. There's no amount of money that can change that. I know very successful people that went to public schools in poor neighborhoods and they are now doctors, lawyers, college professors. I also know people that went to private/expensive schools their entire life and they are working in grocery stores and fast food restaurants. Go figure. The difference was not how much money the parents spent sending them to school, it was the amount of time the parents spent with them at home.

By: govskeptic on 9/2/09 at 6:40

There will always be a percentage of the parents that will never be of any help to their children. This includes teaching them any respect for teachers nor giving them the
will and hope of education. Peer pressure to behave and
do well in school left us in the late 60's-70's. Good teachers are the key, but the secret to keeping them is
less hassle and more support. GOOD LUCK!

By: sidneyames on 9/3/09 at 7:54

I remember when I was in school and we didn't have enough books. We solved the problem by "sharing books". That's a concept that the NAACP can't fathom cause then no one would get rich suing the school system. How petty can these people be. And Dragon, your question needs a solid answer? I guess that it's not fun to go to school with whites, if you're white, hispanics if you're hispanic or blacks if you're black. By the way, that was sarcastic, not racist. I'm so sick of the NAACP jumping on every "crack in the sidewalk" and crying wolf. Having enough books or not is an honest mistake. How does the school know EXACTLY how many books they need? Duh!!!!!!!!!