Champaign schools not affected by Supreme Court ruling

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO – It appears unlikely the public school districts in Chicago and Champaign will be affected by a ruling today from the U-S Supreme Court.

The court rejected school diversity plans in Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky, that take account of students’ race. Those programs were voluntary.

Legal experts say the ruling does not affect districts that remain under federal court desegregation orders. Both Chicago and Champaign public schools fall in that category.

Champaign’s plan is called controlled choice. Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd says it was implemented in the last decade to racially balance the city’s schools.

Kindergarten students are assigned to a school based on several factors – including their parents’ preference and race