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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Lynn School Case

The United States Supreme Court has refused for a second time to hear a challenge to the city of Lynn's policy of using race in determining school assignments.

The policy allows Lynn to consider a student's race when deciding whether to grant a school transfer request.

The parents of six children who were denied transfers filed the suit. Their attorney, Chester Darling, says the plan does not work, "They want to avoid re-segregation, they want to enforce integration only on the basis of color by government and it backfires every time."

But Lynn officials say the policy is fair and that they are happy with the court's decision.

"We feel that the student assignment policy that we've had in effect for almost twenty years has served the city very well," said Lynn School Superintendent, Nicholas Kostan.

This program aired on July 31, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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