Partial Unitary Status for Lincoln Schools Granted

Partial Unitary Status for Lincoln Parish Schools has been granted by U. S. Chief District Judge Robert “Robbie” James in an order signed yesterday. In the order, James wrote:

Having found that the Board has satisfied its desegregation obligations in the areas of faculty assignment, staff assignment, transportation, extracurricular activities, and facilities in the operation of the District’s schools, the Court hereby declares the Board unitary in those areas, dismisses the permanent injunction as to those issues, and withdraws its jurisdiction over those areas of operation of the District’s schools.

However, he further stated:

The parties have agreed and the Court finds that the Board will meet its desegregation obligations in the remaining areas of its operation of the District’s schools if it implements the Ruston attendance zone plan and the transfer policy, both as set forth above. Therefore, upon demonstration of successful implementation of such provisions, the Board may move for a declaration of unitary status on the issue of student assignment no sooner than thirty (30) days after the submission of its October 15,
2013 court report.

The court will still maintain supervision over the issue of Lincoln Parish’s two lab schools.

The United States and the Board specifically agree and the Court finds that this Consent Order will have no effect upon any issues related to the desegregation of the laboratory schools operated at Louisiana Tech University and/or Grambling State University. Particularly, this Consent Order will not affect, in any way, any issues related to any obligation of the Board under or its compliance with any provision of the 1984 Consent Decree relative to the desegregation of the laboratory schools, and the Board will remain a party to this case until it has satisfactorily complied with all such obligations.

See here the order.
See here the motion.

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