Missouri

St. Louis school desegregation program may end in 2019

A group that oversees the St. Louis school desegregation program is discussing an option that would bring it to a close.

The program is the nation's largest and longest-running school desegregation efforts, and has allowed more than 60,000 black students in St. Louis to attend suburban schools during the last several decades.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1XdPHaA ) that the governing board of the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, which oversees city-county transfers, is discussing an option that would admit only children whose siblings are already enrolled in suburban schools to the program.

If the board votes later this year to approve the change, it would start in the fall of 2019.

Superintendents and representatives of 12 participating school districts met Thursday to begin planning for the potential change.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com