Judge denies temporary restraining order to stop NFISD merger with HISD

June 26, 2013 3:58:42 PM PDT
A judge had denied the request for a temporary restraining order to stop the North Forest school district from merging with Houston ISD.

North Forest ISD's fight to stay open has been going on for years, but they've been ordered by the state to close July 1. District lawyers are still trying to block that, saying moving forward with that plan could be a violation of federal law.

"North Forest still has an action pending at the Texas Supreme Court and we hope the court will act and do the right thing for the children of North Forest," North Forest ISD's attorney Chris Tritico said in a statement to Eyewitness News news.

North Forest's lawyers are arguing that the TEA's decision to shut down that district and abolish its board of trustees extinguishes the rights of all of those voters who elected that board to look out for their interests.

Lawyers for the TEA claim North Forest is inaccurately attempting to use the Voting Rights Act after exhausting all other legal options, and even suggested to the judge that the now-defunct board has been on a power trip trying to block the merger.

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