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Examining School Integration in Louisville

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The Federalist Society is sponsoring a panel discussion later this month on the Jefferson County, Ky., school district's latest effort to maintain racial diversity in its schools.

The discussion is Sept. 25 from 12 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at Vincenzo's in Louisville, and features these speakers:

Anurima Bhargava of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity
Ted Gordon, the lawyer who represented plaintiffs who challenged the district's previous race-conscious student assignment policy
Byron Leet, a lawyer representing the Jefferson County school district

The moderator is Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at the Vanderbilt University law school.

The district adopted an assignment plan that uses a variety of other factors other than the race of the student to assign that student to school, which I blogged about here and here.

The new plan is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District , which struck down the race-based student assignment policies in the Jefferson County and Seattle school districts..

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This is an interesting issue, something that should continue to be discussed, but it's not just a matter or hearing attorneys speak about it. Community leaders, angry parents and so forth should be heard as well.

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