Desegregation: A series on the end of an era in OCPS

Orange leaders botched school-closure plan Orange County school leaders have bungled a key part of their controversial plan to close six elementary schools by failing to appoint a 10-member biracial citizens committee to sign off on the proposal, as required by a federal court order.

Biracial panel gaffe may keep feds’ oversight A key requirement in a decades-old desegregation case against Orange County public school went unheeded for years, casting a cloud over district decision that determined the racial makeup of its schools, where new campuses would be built and, ultimately, where thousands of students would end up attending class.

Orange falls short on desegregation In 1996, Orange County school leaders struck a bargain with a federal judge that allowed them to stop busing white students into some predominantly black schools.