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Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Against Troy School Board
Parents of Troy Elementary students will no longer be able to request teachers and classmates for their children after this school year.
This comes after a group of parents filed a lawsuit against the board of education claiming that policy created racially segregated classrooms.
As a part of the settlement agreement, the elementary school will also work with the Southern Poverty Law Center, using their Teaching Tolerance program at no cost to the school.
Even with the ridding of the policy, the settlement states there still may be all black classrooms in the future. Since the demographics in the school district show double the amount of african american as caucasian students.
Troy City Schools Superintendent Lee Hicks said, "It's something that you are sad it was brought up, because as it was state in our meetings that there was no intent to anything. We are going to learn from this and we are going to move forward."
The agreement also states that the board of education must pay the attorney fees of $10,500. The plantiffs did not seek any damages and no damages were awarded.