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School desegregation accord reached in Mississippi district

A Mississippi Delta school district has agreed to a settlement in a long-running desegregation lawsuit, a lawyer said Monday evening. The Cleveland school board voted unanimously to accept a settlement, district lawyer Jamie Jacks said. The 3,500-student district had originally sought to maintain historically black and white high schools, but U.S. District Judge Debra Brown ruled in May that such ...

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Cleveland ready to merge schools, but would shut East Side High School

A Mississippi school district says it’s ready to stop fighting a plan to merge historically black and white schools. But the district’s willingness to act comes at a cost — closing historically black schools. The move is a concession for the Cleveland school district, which has fought federal efforts to merge two middle schools and two high schools. But some ...

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DAVID DALLAS: There goes the neighborhood school

Back in 1965, plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including what is now the Cleveland School District, to end white-only and black-only schools. Unlike other Mississippi Delta school districts at that time, the leadership in Cleveland looked for ways to keep both its white and black community-based schools open for business. How they did it was all legal, at ...

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