A lawsuit against Salt Lake City School District, filed by parents who oppose plans to reassign students affected by the closure of South High School, should be moved to federal court, according to a petition filed by the Salt Lake City Board of Education.

The suit, filed originally in Utah's 3rd District Court, should be moved because it raises issues related to federal laws, said M. Byron Fisher, legal counsel for the school district.The suit claims the Salt Lake School Board violated provisions of the Equal Education Act and Civil Rights Act in trying to divide students on the basis on minority numbers and educational attainment.

The school district attempted to achieve a balance in the student bodies for East, West and Highland high schools as it divided the students after South was closed. The issue has divided Salt Lake communities and caused considerable contention among neighborhoods and individuals.

U.S. Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins has been assigned the case. He has not yet ruled whether the case should be removed to federal courts, but such actions routinely are moved.