HAMMOND, Louisiana — Tangipahoa officials learned Saturday that a federal judge ruled against holding a hearing on a modified integration plan aimed at ending a half-century-old desegregation case.
The plan - coined 'A Better Plan for Tangipahoa Parish Schools' - was approved 7-2 by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board on Sept. 12 despite immense criticism from parents in areas that would undergo rezoning.
Attorneys for the board filed a 192-page court motion outlining the plan's goals on Oct. 28.
However, officials weighing in from both sides said U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle denied both the motion and an evidentiary hearing to further discuss the plan.
The Hammond Star (http://bit.ly/1jeJOSm ) reports that it's unclear whether the board will be given an opportunity to refile their motion.
Information from: The Daily Star, http://www.hammondstar.com