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Filing: DOJ has issues with Starkville-Oktibbeha schools consolidation plan


STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The U.S. Department of Justice is questioning a merger plan for the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school system that preserves a "one-race, African-American" school already comprised mostly of minority students.

After a state takeover of Oktibbeha County schools, lawmakers passed legislation merging the system with Starkville School District effective this summer.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1HyBtVn) the government's filing comes after school officials proposed a new desegregation order in March for the upcoming consolidated district.

The two schools have been operating under federal oversight since 1970.

The case is before the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

The government says the plan preserves East Oktibbeha County Elementary School as "a virtually one-race school," with a 94 percent African-American projected enrollment.

The Justice Department says it wants that changed.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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