Nashville, Tenn (January 21, 2016) – One ­step forward and two steps back seems to be the new normal for civil rights in Tennessee. The lawsuit filed in Williamson County by the Tennessee Family Action Council and former Republican State Senator David Fowler is an affront to our values of equality under the law. Butmore unimaginable is hisbelief that we should have dismantled public education in Tennessee rather than integrate our school after Brown v. Board of Education.

It’s time for every Republican to denounce this lawsuit and their former colleague’s deplorable statements about public school integration.