A federal judge today ended an order for Chicago to racially integrate
its public schools, a 29-year-old mandate, that has had a profound
effect on the composition and operation of the city's education system.
The Tribune's on-line Breaking News reported that "Judge Charles Korkoras vacated the so-called desegregation consent
decree late Thursday, stating in an opinion that within the district
schools "the vestiges of discrimination are no longer."
The judge also scrapped the federal oversight of the district's
bilingual program, saying it was a state issue."
the end of the mandate with affect the racial balance in the system's
elite magnates schools is yet to be seen. But it is legal recognition
of a reality that became apparent decades ago, that the schools are so
heavily dominated by minorities that classically defined racial
integration was no longer a realistic possibility.
the system may consider a plan to consider socioeconomic factors, test
scores or lottery drawings (read: luck) in admissions decisions.