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Aug 20, 2014 10:00 AM by AP

Residents push Tangipahoa board on desegregation

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.

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