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  • Avoyelles desegregation nears end of oversight

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal judge agrees that Avoyelles Parish's school district doesn't discriminate in the way it assigns staff and faculty, approving two of the "Green factors" the district needs to shed federal oversight of public education. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell was to approve on Friday a... more »
  • Desegregation attorney seeks $1.6M in fees

    February 1, 2012 8:49 AM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - Opelousas attorney Marion Overton White is seeking $1.6 million in legal fees for his work in the Evangeline Parish desegregation case. The Advocate reports White's request comes as the school board is anticipating an end to the 47-year-old case. The $1.6 million request in Evangeline... more »
  • St. Landry Parish earns "unitary status"

    March 28, 2011 11:49 PM

    A federal judge awards St. Landry Parish Schools what's known as "unitary status." It ends a desegregation case nearly five-decades-old. 50 years ago, Palmetto Elementary was divided down the center; blacks to the left, whites to the right. Principal Pauline Vidrine says, times have changed. "We have doubled... more »
  • St. Landry Parish Desegregation Hearing

    May 5, 2010 10:59 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Superintendent Michael Nassif and the members of the St. Landry Parish School Board will return to federal court Thursday in Lafayette. The court appearance is one more step in the process of reaching unitary status, or full compliance with the desegregation plan that was recently approved... more »

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