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In a letter of finding issued Feb. 15, the ocr said that from 1973 to the present, the district has "exhibited a general reluctance to assign white students to predominantly black schools," and provided students in such schools with fewer course offerings and extracurricular activities.

The agency also found that the district has assigned teachers to schools on the basis of race, and discriminates against black teachers in the areas of hiring, demotion, promotion, transfers, dismissal, and forced retirement.

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