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Groups Back LAUSD in Desegregation Battle

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A coalition filed court motions Friday to fend off two lawsuits challenging the Los Angeles Unified School District’s desegregation policies.

The ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and four other groups filed motions to intervene in the suits, arguing that the district’s policies are essential to maintaining integration and are required by a court order.

In October, the American Civil Rights Foundation sued the district, targeting its chief desegregation mechanisms: magnet schools, voluntary busing and the consideration of race in assigning teachers.

The suit contended that such practices illegally used race as a factor.

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