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Judge Declares Miami Schools Desegregated

July 02, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Miami-Dade County's public school system, the nation's fourth largest, has achieved desegregation and no longer requires the court supervision imposed 31 years ago, a federal judge ruled.

The remnants of discrimination in student, faculty and staff assignments have been eliminated under the 1970 order, U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas said.

The district has 360,000 students; 54% are Latino, 32% are black and 12% are white.

Civil rights advocates who sued the system in 1969 called the judge's ruling regressive, and criticized the district's desegregation progress.

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