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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has declared an end to federal-court oversight of the Oklahoma City school system's desegregation efforts.

Although several of the city's public schools have predominantly black or white enrollments, the appeals court ruled this month that the remaining school segregation was the result of social and economic forces beyond the district's control.

In a landmark 1991 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the district could be released from court supervision when it proved that it had complied with desegregation orders in good faith and eliminated the vestiges of segregation to the extent practicable. (See Education Week, Jan. 23, 1991.)

Busing Supporters Targeted: Five Wausau, Wis., school board members face a recall vote Dec. 14 because they approved a busing plan to integrate low-income Asian-American students with their more affluent white peers.

District administrators this month certified recall petitions against the five, clearing the way for candidates to run against them.

The recall effort was launched in response to the board's vote last summer to bus about 600 students away from their neighborhood schools to more evenly distribute the district's growing enrollment of children from Southeast Asia. (See Education Week, Oct. 20, 1993.)

Vol. 13, Issue 11

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