Residents push Tangipahoa School Board on desegregation

Article By: Heidi R. Kinchen | August 20, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Holding signs saying “They just won’t do right,” members of Tangipahoa Parish’s black community gathered at the school system’s central office Tuesday to demand the School Board abandon its pursuit of a modified desegregation plan.

The School Board voted last month to seek court approval for a plan that would use magnet programs and school choice options — rather than new buildings and drastically different attendance zones, as the current court order requires — to desegregate the parish’s schools.

District officials have said they simply cannot afford the $48 million price tag of building the three new elementary schools required under the parish’s current, court-approved desegregation plan.

The plaintiffs’ attorney in the case filed a series of motions last week asking federal Judge Ivan Lemelle to force the board to abide by the desegregation plan he approved in 2010.

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