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School talks under way in Tangipahoa

AMITE, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish school officials are discussing possible changes to the school system's plan for court-ordered improvements.

The Advocate reports  that school system officials have proposed clustering schools and using magnet programs or other enhancements to attract students across current school district lines in an effort to desegregate without having to spend $54.5 million on three new elementary schools required under the current plan.

The School Board sought a status conference in February to present the proposal to U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the 47-year-old case. However, Lemelle denied the motion, instead directing the attorneys to first reach a consensus on any possible changes.

Board representatives met this past week with plaintiffs' attorneys.

School Board member Brett Duncan said he believes the modified plan will move forward.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com 

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