Aug 20, 2014 10:00 AM by AP
Members of Tangipahoa Parish's black community gathered at the school system's central office Tuesday to demand the school board abandon its pursuit of a modified desegregation plan.
The school board voted last month to seek court approval for a plan that would use magnet programs and school choice options - rather than new buildings and drastically different attendance zones, as the current court order requires - to desegregate the parish's schools.
District officials have said they simply cannot afford the $48 million price tag of building the three new elementary schools required under the parish's current, court-approved desegregation plan.
The Advocate reports the plaintiffs' attorney filed a series of motions asking a federal judge to force the board to abide by the desegregation plan he approved in 2010.