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SETTLEMENT LETS GIRL, 11, STAY IN SUBURBAN SCHOOL

A settlement has been reached in the case of an 11-year-old white girl who transferred from a Rochester school to a suburban school under a program that lets minority students transfer from Rochester schools into suburban districts and white students from the suburbs into city schools.

When Jessica Haak applied in 1998 to transfer from the city, she was initially accepted, then rejected because she is white.

In January 1999, U.S. District Judge David Larimer ordered that Jessica be allowed to attend school in West Irondequoit. She spent 18 months there before Larimer's decision was overturned in May by an appeals court, which said the transfer program could consider race in selecting students because the program was designed to remedy past discrimination.

Without the settlement, approved by Larimer, Jessica would have been forced to attend city schools again.

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