In 2004, District U-46, based in Elgin, IL, changed its district boundaries. In 2005 parents of children from District U-46 sued alleging that the boundary change was intentionally crafted to place minority students in substandard and overcrowded conditions. Further, the suit alleged that the District reduced these students' access to gifted and bilingual programs.
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