Created on Friday, 16 December 2011 09:19
A three-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled that the Lower Merion School Board did not violate the rights of nine black students when it transferred them to Harriton High School. In a written opinion, the judges say the action passes constitutional muster, board members did not classify on the basis of race, and they had pristine non-discriminatory goals in a re-districting plan they approved in January of 2009. The goals included having the same number of students at each of the district’s two high schools. The district has posted a statement on its website saying it is very pleased that the judges found the plan educationally appropriate and constitutional.