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White Plains Integration Plan Uncertain

Posted Aug 22, 2007 9:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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White Plains, N.Y., is one of dozens of cities that may have to reconsider integration plans that are similar to the ones struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

The New York Times says White Plains’ plan has “by most accounts, been a success,” in that it has managed to retain roughly the same number of blacks and whites in the school system as were present in 1989.

The district requires each school to have the same proportions of blacks, Hispanics and “others,” which includes whites and Asians. Its elementary schools are 45 percent Hispanic, 17 percent black, and 37 percent other.

Administrators fear that white families will abandon White Plains schools if a court strikes down the assignment plan because of the Supreme Court decision.

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