Appeals court: Mississippi school lawsuit may go forward

Appeals court: Mississippi school lawsuit may go forward
(Source: WAFB)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed that Mississippi parents may pursue a school funding lawsuit.

The suit says the state illegally allows grave disparities between predominantly Black and predominantly white schools.

A federal judge dismissed the suit in 2019, but a three-judge appeals court panel revived it in April.

On Monday, a larger group of appeals judges voted 9-8 to support the April ruling.

Will Bardwell is an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center and represents parents in the lawsuit. He says Tuesday that Mississippi operates “high-performing schools for white children and failing schools for Black children.”