Case: Cooksey v. Caddo Parish School Board

5:17-cv-00607 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: May 5, 2017

Closed Date: Feb. 20, 2018

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Case Summary

This case involved a challenge to Caddo Parish School Board's decision to merge two all-black high schools: Booker T. Washington and Fair Park. Cooksey marks one challenge in a long history of school desegregation litigation efforts in the Caddo Parish School District, captured in Jones v. Caddo Parish School Board. The case was assigned to Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in the Western District of Louisiana. A 1981 consent decree required Caddo Parish School Board to provide a qualitatively equal edu…

This case involved a challenge to Caddo Parish School Board's decision to merge two all-black high schools: Booker T. Washington and Fair Park. Cooksey marks one challenge in a long history of school desegregation litigation efforts in the Caddo Parish School District, captured in Jones v. Caddo Parish School Board. The case was assigned to Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in the Western District of Louisiana.

A 1981 consent decree required Caddo Parish School Board to provide a qualitatively equal education at Booker T. Washington and Fair Park relative to other schools in the district. This order remains ongoing to this day. In 2017, the Caddo Parish School Board decided to merge these two schools and turn Fair Park into a middle school. The decision, according to the Board, would save money and resources. On May 5, 2017, the plaintiffs, parents of students attending Fair Park and a Fair Park alumni association, brought this suit to enjoin the merger and declare the School Board's actions unconstitutional. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause, as well as violations of the 1981 Consent Order and state law. On the same day, the plaintiffs moved for a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the defendant from merging the schools through the duration of this case.

Three days later, on May 8, the School Board responded in opposition to the TRO. It argued that the claims were unrelated to the 1981 Consent Order and that the conversion of Fair Park was unrelated to race and would aid the students. But on May 16, plaintiffs reported that they no longer intended to move for preliminary relief, and they voluntarily withdrew their motion the next day. At this point, the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes for a scheduling conference.

A trial was set for June 18, 2018. On July 26, 2017, however, the plaintiffs moved for an extension of time to amend their complaint. The plaintiffs informed the court that they intended to amend their complaint to make their suit a class action, involve more schools of the Caddo Parish, and include additional issues related to their case. The court granted the extension, giving the plaintiffs until August 27, 2017.

August 27 came and went. The plaintiffs never filed their amended complaint, and during this time, the school merger was completed.

There was no action on the docket until February 13, 2018, when Magistrate Judge Hayes ordered a conference. At this conference, both sides reported that the terms of the 1981 Consent Order did "not affect matters of public policy," and thus, the Consent Order was unrelated to the Board's decision to merge schools. The parties jointly stipulated to dismissal, and the court granted the dismissal on February 20, 2018.

The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Cade Boland (3/27/2020)

Related Cases

Jones v. Caddo Parish School Board, Western District of Louisiana (1965)

People

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Judge(s)

Foote, Elizabeth Erny (Louisiana)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Jones, Pamela R. (Louisiana)

Attorney for Defendant

Abrams, Reginald W. (Louisiana)

Carnie, Brian Ross (Louisiana)

Expert/Monitor/Master/Other

Priestley, William Henry (Louisiana)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

5:17-cv-00607

Docket [PACER]

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Complaint

Cooksey v. Caddo Parish School District

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Minutes [00:05]

Cooksey v. Caddo Parish School District

Feb. 20, 2018

Feb. 20, 2018

Order/Opinion

Docket

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NOTICE of Corrective Action to Reginald W Abrams on behalf of School Board of Caddo Parish regarding 3 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion. Action taken: Modified entry to more accurately identify pleading submitted. (crt,Bunting, M) (Entered: 05/08/2017)

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Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 5, 2017

Closing Date: Feb. 20, 2018

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Parents of students attending Fair Park High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Caddo Parish School Board (Caddo), County

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Facility Type(s):

Government-run

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General/Misc.:

Education

Racial segregation

School/University Facilities

Affected Race(s):

Black