News in Brief

Desegregation-Case Deal Reached After 50 Years

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Renewed efforts to desegregate three nearly all-black elementary schools and recruit a diverse faculty and staff are part of a new agreement between a Louisiana school district and the U.S. Department of Justice in a federal court case that dates back to 1965.

The 27-page agreement was approved by a federal judge last week. It's one of numerous federal desegregation cases in the South dating back to the 1960s, some of which have taken decades to resolve.

The agreement requires the St. James district to implement a new assignment plan to desegregate the three elementary schools, revise its code of conduct to ensure fairness in disciplinary matters at all schools, recruit a diverse pool of applicants for faculty and staff vacancies, take steps to encourage all students to take part in extracurricular programs, and "guarantee racially diverse panels of judges" for students trying out or auditioning for after-school activities.

Vol. 36, Issue 20, Page 4

Published in Print: February 8, 2017, as Desegregation-Case Deal Reached After 50 Years
Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Commented