Jefferson County Schools Begin Efforts To Comply With Court Ruling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Principals at Jefferson County Public Schools can no longer use race to decide whether they can accept new or transfer students under a new plan put together by the district superintendent.

The plan, part of a 14-page proposal put together by superintendent Sheldon Berman, is one the first steps by the school district to comply with a U-S Supreme Court ruling that race could not be a deciding factor in individual student assignment.

Previously the district's desegregation policy denied some students their choice of schools if it pushed the schools' racial makeup outside of predetermined limits for black students.

The proposal would not affect the students already assigned for the 2007-08 school year, but the estimated six-thousand who request a transfer during the year for various reasons.

About 40 percent of students who request a transfer during the
year are denied for various reasons, including race, lack of space
and behavior.

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