Justice Dept. questions desegregation progress

Published 5:29 pm Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Cleveland School District has been given about a month to respond to questions from the Department of Justice about compliance with a desegregation consent decree that dates back to 1969.

The Justice Department last year toured the district. School board attorney Jamie Jacks says the department now wants a response to its findings.

Jacks says among questions asked by the Justice Department concerned the district’s efforts to eliminate all-black schools, about the racial composition of the faculty and the condition of school buildings.

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Dozens of Mississippi school districts entered into consent decrees with the Justice Department in the 1960s and 1970s to end segregation. Many of those schools district remain under federal oversight.