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Lawsuit challenges JCPS student assignment plan

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A lawsuit filed Wednesday could effect where JCPS students go to school in August.    

Teddy Gordon gained national attention after he successfully challenged JCPS's desegregation plan in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Now, he's taking on the district again in a lawsuit today claiming the district's new student assignment plan violates state law.

Gordon says the moment he saw JCPS new student assignment, it sent up a red flag.

"Because JCPS has been arrogant, been non user-friendly the whole time, they do what they want to do and think they can get away with it," says Gordon.

He claims in the lawsuit the Jefferson County school desegregation plan violates state law. The statute says children need to be enrolled in the school nearest to their home.

"Definitely the state statue trumps a voluntary $60 million student assignment plan," says Gordon.

He is filing the lawsuit on behalf of Scott Arnold. He wanted his son enrolled in Cochrane Elementary next school year. Instead he was assigned to Engelhard Elementary, a bus ride that's over an hour each way for the 5-year-old.

"I would hope that Jefferson County public schools in their wisdom would find an opportunity for a 5-year-old starting school to be a little bit closer to the parent's home," says Gordon.

But Gordon's not out just to win for his client. He also hopes the lawsuit freezes the assignment plan for the upcoming school year."We hope it stops it all," says Gordon.

"An attorney for JCPS told FOX 41 by phone that Gordon's lawsuit won't present any legal problems for the district and it won't require any changes to the student assignment plan."

Gordon also argues when federal desegregation order was terminated 2000, the district should have reverted back to the Kentucky statute

"It reconstitutes quotas," says Gordon Whenever you have quotas, black quotas or white quotas, it keeps one segment of our society out and in this particular case a segment out of the better schools."

The district has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.

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