Ferguson schools seek new leader after police shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Ferguson-Florissant school district's search for a new superintendent began well before a fatal police shooting brought international notoriety to the north St. Louis County.
But the district's approach to selecting its next leader suggests that Michael Brown's death remains very much at the forefront.
Two finalists for superintendent plan to meet with district employees, community leaders, students and parents several times on Friday following another community forum Thursday night.
The suspension and later resignation of previous superintendent Art McCoy, who is black, led to angry protests and criticism. The elected school board has only one black member in a district where most students are black.
The district faces an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over its at-large voting system, which the group says violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
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