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Key ruling on school segregation case still pending

A study found NJ’s schools are some of the most segregated in the country.

With a new school year in session, education advocates are awaiting a decision on New Jersey’s school segregation lawsuit. Despite being among the most diverse states in the U.S., a key study found New Jersey’s schools are some of the most segregated in the country — the sixth-worst for Black students and seventh-worst for Latino students.

“This is an extremely important case and I think it’s a good thing when a court takes its time to carefully consider the arguments and to write an opinion that will matter. This is an historic thing and if I was a judge trying to render a historic decision I would take my time, too,” said Lawrence Lustberg, attorney for the plaintiffs, who include individual children, the NAACP, the Latino Action Network and others.

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