- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a consent order that calls for four elementary schools in Lincoln Parish to be desegregated.

The schools, Cypress Springs Elementary School, Glen View Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School and Ruston Elementary School, were found to have 22 of 87 homerooms that were “racially identifiable,” the order states. Five of those 87 served only black students.

The consent order was jointly filed by the U.S. Justice Department and Lincoln Parish School Board.

Judge Robert G. James approved the order that stated the principals of each school would assign students to their homerooms and the assignments must abide by six stipulations:

-There shall be no ability grouping of students and students of all academic levels shall be assigned to each homeroom;

-If there is an ALA program at the school, it shall be operated as a school-wide, racially diverse enrichment program designed to develop the gifts and talents of all students;

-Students shall be assigned to each homeroom with a goal that the percentage of black students and white students in each class approximates the percentage of black students and white students in that grade at that school. A homeroom with a percentage of black students and white students that is within plus or minus 15 percent of the black student percentage and the white student percentage of that grade at that school shall be deemed to have met this goal;

-Students who enroll in a school after the first day of school shall be assigned to the homeroom in the appropriate grade with the fewest number of students. After all classes at a grade level have the same number of students, additional late assignments shall be made in a fashion that is consistent with the goal that each homeroom have a black student percentage and a white student percentage that is within plus or minus 15 percent of the black student percentage and white student percentage at that grade at that school;

-No homeroom class shall have more than forty percent special education inclusion students; and

-The principals and administrative staff at the four elementary schools shall not solicit homeroom assignment requests from students, parents, guardians, and/or teachers. However, to the extent that the schools receive homeroom assignment requests or become aware of preferred homeroom assignments, the principals shall only grant such requests or preferences if the desired homeroom assignment does not impede the desegregation of the elementary school homerooms.”

Otha Anderson, president of the Lincoln Parish School Board, told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1FwY973) he could not comment on the issue.


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