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Ascension redistricting trial postponed

2 years 11 months 4 weeks ago October 29, 2013 Oct 29, 2013 Tuesday, October 29 2013 October 29, 2013 6:59 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A federal judge reset the trial date in a five-year-old lawsuit over the redistricting of public school attendance zones in Ascension Parish.

On Monday, U.S. Chief District Judge Brian A. Jackson set trial for Feb. 3-7, though dueling motions for summary judgment remain on his desk and ask him to rule without a trial. He took the arguments under advisement.

In the March 2008 suit, the plaintiff, representing his two children then in the school system, alleged the school board improperly considered race in setting the district lines and in modifying exclusive high school feeder systems.

School officials have said they were trying to address overcrowding at Dutchtown High but maintain unitary status granted in 2004, which ended a long-standing desegregation suit.

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