School District To Wait On Court Ruling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jefferson County Public Schools officials say they will wait for the U-S Supreme Court to make its ruling on the school's desegregation case before they look at alternatives.

Superintendent Stephen Daeschner says that's a wise move because the high court has a range of decisions it could make from upholding the district's use of race to barring it outright, or any limits in between.

School board member Steve Imhoff says, however, that the district should begin informal conversations about alternatives.

In one of two cases argued before the high court, Louisville parent Crystal Meredith claimed her son was unconstitutionally denied entry to a school because he is white. A ruling is expected by June.

At issue is whether voluntary desegregation plans used in hundreds of public school districts nationwide amount to illegal discrimination.

Louisville officials say integrated schools are important for their social and academic benefits. They argue that banning the use of race in helping to assign students would erode diversity.

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