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N.J. Company To Study Integration in 20 Districts

New Jersey officials have asked a private company to devise plans to racially integrate schools in Englewood and neighboring towns.

The state department of education said last week that Applied Data Services of Flanders, N.J., would be hired to study the racial and ethnic composition of 20 eastern Bergen County districts. Among them are Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, and Tenafly, which are involved in a long-running legal battle over desegregation.

The company is to devise at least seven plans to redraw district boundaries to reduce racial isolation.

The education department intends to pick a plan and ask the districts involved to adopt it voluntarily. If the districts refuse, both the education department and the state Supreme Court claim the authority to order such changes. (See Education Week, 06/23/93.)

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