(Photo: Adam Northam/Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting)
(Photo: Adam Northam/Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting)

More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated schools unconstitutional, one Mississippi school district has largely segregated classrooms — some all-black, some majority white.

That continuing segregation in the 2,800-student Brookhaven School District, a 65% black district in southwest Mississippi, is made possible by an informal “parental request” policy that allows parents to ask for specific teachers for their elementary-aged children.

Proponents defend the parental request policy, saying it allows parents to place their children with better teachers or with friends.

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