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High court vote squashed regional education merger

Conference to focus on moving beyond 1973 ruling’s impact

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    On May 21, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the court-ordered merger of the school systems in the city and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:57 am, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

Four decades have passed since Richmond had its brief moment at the forefront of the national struggle for school desegregation, but the impact of that day is still evident throughout central Virginia.

On May 21, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court — without the input of a justice who spent nine years as chairman of the Richmond School Board — ended the court-ordered merger of the school systems in the city and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.

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