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A federal appeals court has granted a request by the Louisiana attorney general to delay the implementation of a court-ordered restructuring of the state's higher-education system.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit agreed to stay an order by U.S. District Judge Charles Schwartz to merge the state's four governing boards for higher education into a single board.

Judge Schwartz last month told the state it would have to abide by his December ruling that it must establish by April a "superboard'' to govern all 17 institutions of higher learning. (See Education Week, March 3, 1993.)

The judge called for the change because he found two years ago that the current system has led to racially identifiable schools. He based his December decision on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case involving the desegregation of Mississippi's higher-education system. (See Education Week, Feb. 3, 1993.)

The appeals court ruled this month, however, that the state need not move on the order until an appeal is heard on Judge Schwartz's ruling that the state is running a dual system.

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