Judge Orders Southern Schools to Desegregate

A US District Court Judge ordered a southern Mississippi school district to stop allowing white students to transfer out of school districts that are predominantly African-American. The controversy surrounded two towns in the same district that are ten miles apart. One town is approximately 75% African-American, the other town is 65% white.

The Justice Department filed suit, alleging the school district allowed white students to transfer into the predominantly white schools. The schools also allegedly grouped classes based on racial groups. The Judge ruled the practice was both in violation of federal law, and a desegregation order.

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