DOJ seeks to force schools to abide

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – An attorney for a Mississippi school district says it’s complying with a federal desegregation order, even though the Justice Department claims in court documents the district is not doing enough.
Jamie Jacks, who represents the school district in Cleveland, said federal officials toured the district in 2008. Since then, school officials have provided regular reports on integration efforts. Jacks said of the district’s 10 schools, six have a significantly integrated population.
But in court documents filed Monday, the Justice Department claims the district has failed to dismantle the vestiges of segregation of its schools, something it was ordered to do in 1969. The department said schools on the west side of the railroad tracks are disproportionately white and schools on the east side are predominantly black.