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Federal judge sides with Elgin schools in lawsuit

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 9:54 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A federal judge has ruled Elgin Area School District U-46 did not discriminate against African-American and Hispanic students when it redrew school boundaries in 2004.

In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman also said the district's English Language Learners program does not violate the Equal Education Opportunity Act. However, he concluded the district's gifted program does discriminate against minority students.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports (http://bit.ly/12qzUbZ) five families were plaintiffs in the case. They contended black and Hispanic students were sent to crowded schools that used mobile classrooms more often than schools their white peers attended.

District U-46 attorney Patricia Whitten says the district is analyzing the decision, but officials are generally pleased with the ruling.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs couldn't be reached for comment.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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