Minn. integration rules written nearly 2 decades ago

The state of Minnesota has until Jan. 8 to respond to a lawsuit filed earlier this month alleging it has failed to adequately educate poor and minority students.

The lawsuit seeks to expand the state's desegregation efforts.

Minnesota's current rules dictating when schools are required to integrate were written nearly two decades ago. They replaced more rigid racial balance requirements that had been in place since the '70s.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with attorney Cindy Lavorato, who worked in the state attorney general's office at the time of the change. She's the primary author of the rules now in place.

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