TOPEKA, Kan. — A federal judge ruled today in the reopened Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation case that the Topeka Public School District does not discriminate against minorities.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Rogers rejected allegations that vestiges of racial discrimination remain in the Topeka school system.
The U.S. Supreme Court in its historic 1954 Brown ruling ordered an end to segregation in public schools nationwide.
The students and parents who filed the latest suit, including the woman who was at the center of the original Brown case, contended that the district has not done all it could to erase the last vestiges of what was once a "separate but equal" system of racial separation.
They asked that the district be forced to do more to integrate minority students in the predominantly white school populations.
K. Gary Sebelius, attorney for the Topeka school board, said Rogers did not recommend any changes in the way Topeka operates its schools.
"I think it demonstrates that the school district has made great progress and will continue to make great progress and that regardless of which schools they attend in Topeka they will receive a good education," Sebelius said.