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Residents of Wausau, Wis., have filed petitions to recall five school board members who passed a busing plan designed to integrate Asian-American students from low-income families with their wealthier white peers.

Leaders of Families Approve Neighborhood Schools, the organization conducting the recall effort, claimed last week to have collected about 10,000 signatures to recall each board member, well above the 6,740 required.

If the petitions are certified, elections could take place any time after Dec. 14.

The Wausau board's integration plan, patterned after a similar plan that was implemented in nearby La Crosse, calls for three elementary schools with large numbers of Asian-American and low-income students to be paired with three elementary schools with relatively few such students.

Supporters of the plan, which was adopted by the Wausau school board this summer, have argued that it would help students from Southeast-Asian families learn English more quickly, while exposing white students to cultural diversity. (See Education Week, July 14, 1993.)

Opponents have maintained that the plan ignores the wishes of the community and calls for the unnecessary busing of students away from their neighborhoods.

Vol. 13, Issue 07

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