The three board members, along with a resident, request that the court grant a restraining order and preliminary injunction against the state to reverse the takeover.
A new report from the Collaborative for Justice and Equity in Education recommends an elected school board for the city that would prioritize "equitable educational opportunities and outcomes" in its decisionmaking.
Former schools chief Winston Brooks, who left the district last summer with a $350,000 buyout, wants the school system to pay for remarks he felt were disparaging.
The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.
Improving the lives of boys of color has emerged as an urgent public policy issue in the last couple of years, most recently evidenced by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.
Broward County Public Schools is hoping to use a $3.3 million grant to attract an out-of-state charter operator with experience working in poor communities.
Under a measure approved by Missouri's Senate education committee this week, students from "unaccredited" schools could transfer to "accredited" schools in the district or, if no seats are available, attend charter or virtual schools.
Meanwhile, school board members in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Ferguson, Mo., school districts make plans to hire new school chiefs.
A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.
The local elected official is concerned that the initiative which focuses on improving outcomes for boys of color may run afoul of federal law because it does not include girls.