CLEVELAND, Mississippi — A federal court on Monday ordered the Cleveland School District to consolidate its segregated junior high and high schools, a decision that comes more than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's legendary Brown v. Board of Education case.
In its 96-page decision filed on Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi said the district has "operated an inadequate dual system and failed to achieve the greatest degree of desegregation possible given the circumstances." (The full decision is below. Mobile users can read it here.)
It rejected two alternative plans proposed by the district, Reuters reports, saying they were unconstitutional.
"Six decades after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education declared that 'separate but equal has no place' in public schools, this decision serves as a reminder to districts that delaying desegregation obligations is both unacceptable and unconstitutional," principal deputy assistant attorney general Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.