Mississippi district appeals order in desegregation case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge’s order in a long-running desegregation case.

The Cleveland School District filed papers Monday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quickly review the order that requires campus consolidations.

Three white members of the local school board voted for the appeal, and two black members voted against it.

U.S. District Judge Debra Brown ruled May 13 that the district must combine East Side High, where all but one student is black, with Cleveland High, where 48 percent are white and 45 percent are black.

Brown also ordered the merger of D.M. Smith Middle, where all but two students are black, with Margaret Green Junior High, where 41 percent are white and 54 percent are black.

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