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Aug 4, 2011 10:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Judge: Jefferson Parish schools fully desegregated

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge finds Jefferson Parish schools desegregated, freeing them from federal oversight.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/pCXu6A ) that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt signed the order Wednesday afternoon.
To end the case, the School Board on Friday voted to accept a three-year plan that keeps changes made under the lawsuit filed in 1964.
That includes magnet schools and academies aimed at attracting students from different backgrounds, and requires the system to continue stepped-up recruiting of black teachers and administrators.
It also includes allocating money for renovation by need parish-wide, instead of dividing it equally among board districts.
School Board lawyer Michael Fanning says the system could be sued for backsliding or breaking the agreement approved by Englehardt. But he says that would not resurrect the 1964 lawsuit.

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