Lawsuit claims Minnesota fails to educate poor, minority students in Minneapolis, St. Paul
Civil rights attorneys suing the state of Minnesota for failing to educate poor and minority children called Thursday for a metro-wide integration plan and other remedies to address increasingly segregated schools.
But redrawing boundaries — one of the lawsuit’s proposed solutions — is a “nonstarter,” according to one state legislative leader.
Attorneys Daniel Shulman and his son John Shulman, filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court on behalf of seven families and one community group, accusing the state of approving policies that have created schools with disproportionate numbers of poor and minority children. Students in those schools vastly underperform academically compared to children in integrated schools, the complaint states.