LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to hear a challenge that claims Jefferson County's school desegregation plan
illegally uses race to assign students.
U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II will hear arguments on March 11 from attorney Ted Gordon. He claims the district is continuing to use a racial quota system to place students.
An interim plan for the next school year requires elementary schools to draw between 15 and 50 percent of their students from neighborhoods with high minority populations. It only applies to students who would be attending new schools anyway.
Attorneys who represent the Jefferson County Board of Education
had argued against a hearing. They said in court records that the interim plan is "fully constitutional" and, unless a lawsuit is filed against the new plan, Gordon has no right to challenge the policy.
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