Thursday, February 7, 2008

JCPS sued over continued reliance on race to segregate government schools

From Antoinette Konz in yesterday's C-J, news that Ted Gordon will file suit against JCPS for its new (de)segregation plan for its public schools.

The Louisville lawyer who successfully challenged Jefferson County's school desegregation policy is now challenging the district's interim plan, saying it illegally uses race to assign students.

Attorney Ted Gordon filed a motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, asking Judge John Heyburn II to review the temporary plan adopted last week for the 2008-09 school year.

Gordon said he wants Heyburn to determine whether Jefferson County Public Schools has revived "a quota system" and is "assigning kindergartners and first-graders to elementary schools based upon racial classifications."

"They are still using race as a way to assign children and they cannot do that," Gordon said in an interview yesterday. "I am shocked the school board did not ask (Heyburn) for approval before they approved this plan."...

"It's a pity that his motion provides so much misinformation to the public," Berman said.

Even if Berman's statement is true, it's probably the pot calling the kettle black...


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