Appeals court upholds Ascension Parish School Board in suit over attendance zone redistricting

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GONZALES, Louisiana — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling in favor of the Ascension Parish School Board in a lawsuit filed by a parent over redistricting changes adopted in response to population growth.

The Advocate reports ( Darrin Lewis Sr. challenged the plan, which redrew attendance lines moving a number of students from the Dutchtown High and St. Amant High.

In his lawsuit filed in 2008, Lewis, the father of two children assigned to the East Ascension High feeder zone, alleged that the redistricting plan would maintain a disproportionately large non-white minority student population.

The late U.S. District Judge Ralph Tyson dismissed the lawsuit two years prior to his death in 2011. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived it.

The appeals court upheld Jackson's ruling on Tuesday.

Information from: The Advocate,

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