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State Suffers Setback in School Desegregation

October 25, 1995
By: Candyce L. Clifft
State Capital Bureau

State efforts to at a negotiated settlment to the state's school desegregation cases have failed...leading to state vows to go back to the courts. Candyce Clifft has the story from Jefferson City:

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After six months of negotiations, it was Missouri's governor's who proclaimed failure in seeking a settlement in the Kansas City case.

Pressure for a negotiated settlement had grown after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Missouri in its arguments against paying a part of the desegregation costs.

The governor's chief of staff is Marc Farinella:

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Contents: [121K WAV file - The governor's chief of staff says they had hoped the state could get out of the desegregation business.]

Farinella did not rule out further negotiations on a settlement.

But in the meantime, the governor issued a written statement vowing that the state will resumes its court battles to stop state funding for school desegregation.

From the state Capitol, I'm Candyce Clifft.